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Children are little balls of live energy, but it’s common for them to develop minor health problems here and there. Among them are toothaches, headaches, fever, colds, allergies, allergic reactions and scrapes. How do you choose the right medication? What precautions do you take? Who can you talk to for advice? These are just some of the questions parents ask themselves when their kids get sick. Let’s try to answer them now.
Is OTC medicine a miracle cure?
There is a wide variety of over-the-counter (OTC) drugs formulated just for children. While these products are not meant to cure ailments on the spot, they can help kids feel better by alleviating their symptoms. But keep in mind that they are not a panacea.
Here are several safety precautions you need to take when administering OTC drugs to children:
What if a child vomits? If your child vomits after taking medicine, it generally means the drug has not been absorbed by the body. You can then re-administer another dose. More potent drugs, normally available only by prescription, are an exception to this rule. If you have doubts or questions, talk to your family pharmacist.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says that OTC medicine should NEVER be given to children under the age of 2 without first consulting a health professional.
Accessible and always ready to listen, family pharmacists are the perfect health resource to talk to you when you have questions regarding the use of OTC drugs in children of any age – whether they are 0 to 2 or 2 to 12! Here are some of the valuable ways they can be of service.
Uniprix-affiliated pharmacists care about children’s health, making them a great resource when minor ailments arise. Whether you’re dealing with a child’s fever, cold, flu, gastroenteritis, a burn, a scrape or head lice, be sure to ask your family pharmacist for help.
Here are the OTC drugs for children that are safe to use and those you should avoid.
Do you have more questions on over-the-counter medications? Just speak with your family pharmacist for help and advice!
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