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Health Tip: Giving Your Child Medicine

-- Even over-the-counter medicine can hurt your child if given incorrectly.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this advice when giving your child an over-the-counter medication:

  • Always read the drug's label and make sure you understand it.
  • Use a medication that treats only the symptoms your child has.
  • Carefully read the label, looking for any special instructions or the names of other medications that might negatively interact with the one you're giving.
  • Make sure all caregivers know how much medication your child needs, and how and when to give it.
  • Keep a medication in its original packaging, so that you have easy access to the label and expiration date.
  • Store any medication safely out of a young child's reach.
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Posted: July 2012