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What Every Parent Should Consider Before Giving Their Child Meds

No parent wants to see their child suffering from an illness or unpleasant symptoms, and medication is available to help your child feel better or even to treat the condition. However, before you give your child a dose of a new medication, you should walk through a few steps to ensure the best results possible for your child’s health.

Verify Which Medicine Is Best for Your Child

For most symptoms and illnesses, there are multiple medications that may work well as a treatment. Based on unique symptoms or other factors, some medications may work best for some children than others. You should conduct thorough research about the medication that is being prescribed to your child to ensure the best potential results.

Pay Attention to Side Effects

For each medication that you may give to your child, he or she may experience unique side effects. More than that, the side effects may vary in terms of severity. In some cases, you may not be able to accurately determine which side effects may be experienced until you give your child the medication. However, when a medication has a strong likelihood of creating severe side effects, you should explore alternative medications.

Keep Track of Dosages

You may assume that your doctor would prescribe the right dosage of medication to your child and that there would not be any drug interactions with other medications that your child is already taking. However, doctors can make mistakes, and you can potentially avoid a messy malpractice legal issue by simply double-checking the doctor’s recommendations for dosages.

Avoid Double-Dosing When You Combine Medications

Many medications contain multiple types of drugs. For example, a multi-symptom cold medicine may include a pain reliever, an antihistamine, a cough suppressant, and other drugs. When you blend this type of medicine with an additional cough suppressant or other medication, you could potentially double-dose your child, and this could be dangerous. Always pay attention to the ingredients in each medication that you give to your child.

Providing medications to a sick child can potentially help them to feel more comfortable while fighting an illness, or it could shorten the length of the illness in some cases. As beneficial as medication can be to your sick child, you do need to be proactive about ensuring that your child is given the right medications and the right dosages of each one. By paying attention to these points, you can better care for your sick child.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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