How to use medicine
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist about any possible side effects – e.g. drowsiness or irritability.
- Check whether there are any precautions you should take.
- If your child is already taking a medication (even a non prescription one), check if it’s okay to take both.
- Make sure you understand how much and how often to give the medicine, and follow the directions on the packet carefully.
- When you buy over-the-counter medicines at the pharmacy (e.g. cough medicine), always say it’s for a child, and tell the pharmacist the child’s age and weight.
- If your child is reacting badly to the medicine (e.g. diarrhoea or rash), stop giving it to them and tell your doctor.
- Buy medicines with childproof caps if possible. To ensure the locking mechanism is fully engaged, turn cap firmly in a clockwise direction until no further movement is possible. Take care not to over tighten it. The cap is secured correctly when it can be turned anti-clockwise and a clicking sound is heard.
- If your child’s condition is getting worse, despite the medicine, see your doctor immediately.
Make sure you understand how much and how often to give the medicine, and follow the directions on the packet carefully.