Here are some tips for parents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding children and medications:

  • Always recap and store medicines out of reach of your children.
  • Never leave children alone with medicines. If you are called away while you are giving or taking medicine, take the medicine with you.
  • Ask the pharmacy for child-resistant packaging for all prescription medication.
  • Post the number for the poison control center (1-800-222-1222) on or near every phone in the house, and save it to your cell phone.
  • Read all of the information that accompanies any medicine, and follow the directions regarding dosage and timing exactly.
  • Use the measuring device that comes with the medication; if none is included, ask for or buy one at the pharmacy.
  • Make sure that your child is not taking two or more medications containing the same active ingredients; if you have questions, ask your pediatrician or pharmacist.
  • Don’t ask for antibiotics if the doctor says they are unnecessary.
  • If your child receives an antibiotic prescription, give her all of the medicine as prescribed even if she feels better.
  • Never use cough or cold products in children younger than four years old unless instructed by a physician to do so.
  • Never give children medicine that is labeled for adults unless instructed by a physician to do so.

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Matthew L. White
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