How to use medicines

Children How to use medicine appropriately

How to use medicines

  • Always read the label
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist about any possible side effects: e.g. drowsiness or irritability.
  • If your child is already taking a medication (even a non-prescription one), ask your pharmacist if it’s okay to take both.
  • Make sure you understand how much, how often and for how many days to give the medicine, and follow the directions on the packet carefully.
  • Write down the type of medicine and time you give your child medicine so there is no confusion.
  • When you buy  non-prescription (over-the-counter) medicines at the pharmacy for a child (e.g. pain reliever), always say it’s for a child, and tell the pharmacist the child’s age and weight.
  • Always finish a course of medicine as directed, especially antibiotics, as the full course is required. (Although the child may seem better after a few days, the infection may not be fully cleared).
  • If you suspect your child is reacting badly to the medicine (e.g.  rash) stop giving it to them and tell your doctor.
  • Buy medicines with child-resistant packaging. If your child’s condition is getting worse, despite the medicine, stop use and see your doctor immediately.

Tips to help safe use of medicines

  • Paracetamol is a ( such as in Crocin Drops and Suspension) suitable choice for temporary relief from pain. Always read the label.
  • Write down the names of all medications your child uses in a child health record, especially if you see more than one doctor.
  • Always take in your child’s health record when you see a healthcare professional.
  • Make a note if your child reacts badly to a medicine.
  • Never give your child medicine prescribed for someone else or medicine intended for adults.
  • Always follow the storage instructions on the pack.
  • Always check the use by date of medicines kept at home. Dispose properly of those which are out of date.
  • Keep all medicines locked away, out of sight and out of reach of children.