Here are some safety tips about giving children medicines:
Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20 unless your doctor tells you to, because of the risk of
Talk to your doctor before you give fever medicine to a baby who is 3 months of age or younger. This is to make sure a young baby's fever is not a sign of a serious illness. Ask your doctor what other medicines may not be safe to give your
Don't take medicines in front of small children. Children are great
mimics. Don't say that medicine tastes like candy.
Keep medicines, vitamins, and supplements tightly capped in their original containers. Store them as directed and keep them out of the reach of children.
For more information, see Quick Tips: Giving Over-the-Counter Medicines to Children.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Theresa O'Young, PharmD - Clinical Pharmacy
Current as of
March 9, 2012
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 09, 2012
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