Drugs and Their Use in Children
– Drugs, including prescription drugs, should not be given unless absolutely necessary.
– No drug at all should be given to an infant under 6 months of age unless recommended by your pediatrician.
– Drugs should be given only in recommended doses.
– Liquid drugs should be given with an accurate measuring device. Household spoons vary and size and should not be used.
– Always learn the name of the drug, what it is for and the correct dosage.
– Never give your child someone else’s medicine.
– Never save medicine. Many drugs deteriorate with age and may become toxic.
– Commonly used drugs should be kept in small quantities and always out of children’s reach.
– Drugs, including vitamins, should never be referred to as candy. The child may be tempted to take the whole bottle if he thinks it is candy.