Meds School for Parents

The Dos and Don'ts of Dosing

Do tell your doctor and pharmacist about other medications your child is taking, including over-the-counter products and herbal supplements.

Don't wing it when you give your child medication. Always read the dosing instructions.

Do double-check with your pharmacist that you have the right dosing equipment. Never use silverware; stick with the medication cup, dosing spoon, or dropper that comes with the medication.

Don't give a child a drug that isn't labeled for her age group. For example, never give cough or cold meds to kids under 2 without your pediatrician's approval -- the results could be harmful, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Do check your prescription when you get refills to make sure it's the right medicine.

Don't give your child two medications with the same ingredients. For example, many cough and cold products contain acetaminophen, which parents often give separately for fever. When in doubt, check with the pharmacist.

Copyright © 2007. Used with permission from the September 2007 issue of Parents magazine.

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