IMPORTANT!: 10 Checklists before you give medications to your children
May Aderounmu |
Annually, millions of cases of deaths are recorded of children below the age of 4, because of improper application of medicines, so please make out time for this essential short post
Giving Medications to Children must be done with the right medicine at the right amount, at the right time, whether it is a prescription or OTC drug.
1. To start with, be especially careful with iron-containing vitamins or supplements, which have been a source of accidental poisoning and deaths in children under three. Always use child-resistant cap containers and re-lock cap after each use.
2. Follow a medicine’s label instructions every time, paying special attention to usage directions and warnings. If you
notice anything strange or unexpected side effects or symptoms, you must speak to your doctor immediately.
3. Understand and know, without excuses, the abbreviations for tablespoon (tbsp.), teaspoon (tsp.), milligram (mg.), milliliter (mL.), and ounce (oz.). Always use the correct dosage and measuring device. No guessing. If the label says two teaspoons, then it is.
4. Never substitute teaspoon for kitchen spoon. they are not the same. see pix.
(Three teaspoons equals one tablespoon. … Teaspoon (tsp or t) about 5 ml, Tablespoon(Tbsp, tbsp or T) is 3x that.)
5. Giving a child twice the recommended dose just because your child seems twice as sick as last time, is drug abuse.
6. It is not wise to give your child two or more medicines at the same time to avoid overdose or undesirable side effects due to the interaction of drugs chemistry. Consult a licensed pharmacist.
7. If the label says don’t give to children under a certain age or weight, then don’t! Follow age and weight limit recommendations.
8. Today’s medicines are usually sweet smelling and pleasantly flavoured to encourage children to take, so it becomes very necessary to follow the “KEEP OUT OF REACH” warning. Never use pills to teach children addition or subtraction or even learning to differentiate colours. Pills don’t teach maths.
9. Think about this, because medicine “A” worked for ‘Joe’ while he was down with fever, does not validate its use for ‘Jane’ when she also had a fever.
10. Confirm prescription or OTC drugs online for possible inclusion of banned substances, reviews, or status before purchase. You may also discover if you’re about to purchase a counterfeited medicine. In some countries, you may scan a QR code or scratch and send a drug code by SMS to a regulatory authority to determine the genuiness of such drugs. It saves you much heartaches.
Always seek value for money. Don’t buy or use any medicine from a package that shows cuts, tears, slices, or other imperfections. Report anything suspicious to your regulatory authority, pharmacist or doctor.