Many times we don’t want to take the time to bring our children to the doctor’s office, figuring we could save the copayment or we can treat the symptoms ourselves at home.
However, there are sometimes when we need the medical intervention, such as:
- · When infants have a temperature of 100 degrees F.
- · When toddlers have a temperature of 102+ degrees F.
- · When children or adults have a temperature of 104+ degrees F.
- · When anyone has a fever accompanied by a rash, seizure, or the fever lasts longer than 72 hours.
- · If you think your child is having an allergic reaction
to a medication.
- · If you think you may have given the wrong dosage to your child.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Having a clear understanding of the medication your doctor prescribes to your child is vital to his or her safety.
Here are some important questions to ask your doctor before getting the prescription filled:
- · What is the name of the drug and what is it
- · Will this drug interact with any other medications or vitamins my child is taking?
- · How often does my child
need to take this medication and for how many days or weeks?
- · What if I miss giving my child a dose?
- · How long before
the drug starts working?
- · Are there any side effects and if so, what should I do if my child exhibits these side effects?
When can I stop giving him the medication?
- · Is there a generic version of this drug?
Before you leave the pharmacy,
check the medication and be sure it’s the right name and dosage that your doctor mentioned.
If you’re unclear about anything, ask your pharmacist to explain
how the medicine should be administered.
If anything at all sounds different from what your doctor said, then hold off giving the medicine to your child until you get your
And if your doctor doesn’t cooperate or answer your questions to your satisfaction, then find another doctor.
Medicinal Safety and Teens
Safety with medicine is not reserved only for young, elementary aged children.
Preteens and teenagers need just as much vigilance as do the younger children.
This is the common age when kids will start to experiment and possibly cause an accidental
Some common ingredients in decongestant medicines include pseudoephedrine, phenylpropanolamine, and phenylephrine.
all affect your heart rate, blood pressure, and nervous system and severe poisoning can result in seizures and irregular heart rates.
Many pharmacies now ask for identification to purchase products
with these ingredients to prevent teens from buying the products and misusing them but even if you keep it in your house, a teen is still able to gain access to it.
Open communication about drugs
and their dangers is of
paramount importance as is keeping these medicines out of the reach of teen children.
drugs like Tylenol can be fatal or cause life-threatening side-effects if proper supervision isn’t used.
In addition to communicating with your teenager, never allow him to get the dose of
medicine by himself. Be the parent and take this responsibility seriously when dispensing medications.
Protecting our children’s health is our biggest priority as parents.
inevitable that they will encounter cold germs or other viral infections, how we treat them when they get sick is of utmost importance.
While some people prefer to stay with all natural remedies,
others may run to get some medicine to help their child’s symptoms.
This is a matter of personal preference but if you choose medicine, please review and practice the safeguards in this report.
The medical world has made some amazing advances with regard to treating illnesses but all too often we hear news of accidental overdoses made by careless mistakes.
Your child is a precious gift and dispensing medicine should be done carefully to prevent another tragic mistake.
I hope these suggestions will be helpful to you with gaining some insight towards the health of your child through their growing period.
If possible it
would be of some help if you could print this and keep it for future reference.
Thank you for reading,