Parents make many unnecessary trips to the ER each year simply because they misread or fail to follow medication instructions, like using baby Tylenol vs. Children’s Tylenol. It can be a deadly mistake.
With the cold and flu season just around the corner and the germs already brewing from the back-to-school season, now is a good time to brush up on safety standards.
Medications, even those that have been around since we were children, can cause problems in children. Just because medications are over the counter doesn’t mean they are safe.
Here are three medicines you should never give your children:
Cold Medicine for Children Less Than Six-Years-Old
The FDA advises against giving any over –the-counter cold medication to any children under 6 years of age. Experts maintain that they don’t work anyway, but are more concerned with adverse reactions in children. Particularly with combination drugs that aim to help relieve fever, sore throat, headache, and cough, there is a tendency for them to contain duplicate ingredients, which may be too much for young children. So bring on the humidifier, chicken soup, and lotion-filled tissues, plus a whole lot of extra hugs, but if your child is still miserable, take her to the pediatrician—not the pharmacy.
How many times have you located that bottle of fever-reducer in the middle of the night, only realize that it had expired, but gave it to your child anyway because you figured it was better than nothing? The truth is that while the medication might still be good a few days or weeks after the expiration date, there is really not concrete way to tell. Some pharmacists say the active ingredients could possibly weaken or intensify so when you find an expired medication, throw it out.
Medicines Prescribed For Someone Else
Never, ever should you give any medication to your child that has been prescribed for another person— not even your other child. Doctors take into account a lot of factors when prescribing a medication that you may not know about. Height and weight make a huge difference as well as any other medicines the child may regularly take which may adversely affect them.
For the full list of medications you should never give your child,, visit the Huffington Post.
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