Health Tip: Use Medications Safely12/23/11
(HealthDay News) -- If your child isn't feeling well and needs
an over-the-counter medication recommended by your pediatrician,
the American Academy of Family Physicians offers these safety
- Make sure the medicine treats only your child's symptoms,
- Make sure any caregivers know the correct timing, dosage and
type of medication your child needs.
- Always read the medication's label and follow directions
- Keep medications stored in their original packaging, so you can
easily refer to instructions.
- Never give cough and cold medication to a child younger than
age 4 or aspirin to anyone younger than age 18.
- Don't combine medications unless your child's pediatrician says
it's OK to do so.
- Don't give any adult medication to a child.
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