Do’s and Don’ts of Giving OTC Medicine to your Child
We’ve got a great list of Do’s and Don’ts to make sure you are giving your child OTC medicine safely.
Read and understand all parts of the medicine’s drug facts label first
Look for a medicine that will treat your child’s symptoms
Use the correct measuring device
Store medicines in their original packages to keep track of important labels and the expiration date
Store all medicines up and away, out of sight, and out of reach of young children
Keep all medicines in a cool, dry place
Call the doctor if your child starts throwing up or gets a rash after taking a medicine
Don’t give OTC cough and cold medicines to a child younger than 4 years old unless you get an OK from your doctor
Don’t share adult OTC medicine with your child
Don’t combine prescription medicines with OTC medications unless you get an okay from your doctor
Don’t use an OTC after it has expired
Don’t give an OTC medicine, especially cough or cold medicine, just to make your child sleepy. If your child has trouble sleeping, talk to your family doctor about other things you can do to help your child.
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