Giving Medicine to Children

Most parents struggle when they have to choose how to treat illness or pain in their infant. It can be difficult for first time parents or any parent to know what medicine to give to their young children. Remember that it is important for you to always be aware of what you are giving your newborn baby or young child. A child should never be given medicine that is made for adults or made for older children. The ingredients used in prescription or over the counter medicine can be very harmful to babies and must be used with caution.

First of all, you should always check with your doctor before you give your baby any type of medicine. Even medicine that is made for newborns can have certain side effects that you may not want your baby to experience. It is important to talk to your doctor or a pharmacist first. They will be able to tell you what your baby or small child needs, as well as recommend the correct dose.

Choose the correct medicine for the symptoms that your child is experiencing. Medicine for colds is going to be much different than medicine that will help with teething even if it seems that they do the same thing. Remember to always follow the instructions that come with the medicine unless the doctor directs you otherwise. Be sure that you are careful when reading the instructions that come with the medicine. Be aware of any side effects link with the medication you are giving. If you have questions about the side effects, or if you think that medicine is not helping your baby, you should be sure to call your doctor. Give your baby all of the help that he or she needs to get healthy as soon as possible.

For prescribed medication always follow the instructions given to you by your doctor. If your baby seems to be better, but there is still medicine left, you should follow the directions and continue to give the baby the prescription until it is finished. Often symptoms disappear before the sickness is fully treated.

If you have any questions about medication or your child`s illness always contact your child’s pediatrician but if your child gets worse or becomes non-responsive call for an ambulance.

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