Posted on 2/19/2017
No parent wants to see their child struggle with an illness. Although medications
can sometimes help your child feel well again, they are not without certain
risks. These include the risks of
drug interactions, overdoses, and side effects. You can protect your child with help from
the pediatric specialists at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas.
Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are available in formulations designed
specifically for children. However, it’s always a good idea to check
with your child’s pediatrician before administering any OTC drugs.
Some drugs should never be given to children, such as aspirin, and others
should only be given to children of a certain age or weight. Your pediatrician
can let you know which medicines are safe to give your child and in what dosages.
Giving your child too much of a medicine can be harmful and it won’t
help him or her feel better more quickly. Check and double-check the dosage
instructions before administering a medicine. For liquid medicines, use
the provided medicine cup or other tool. For example, if you’re
giving your child one tablespoon of medicine, use the medicine cup or
a measuring spoon, rather than an ordinary kitchen spoon. Write down the
time when you administered the dosage and avoid giving the next dosage
It’s possible for certain medications to interact with each other.
These include prescription and OTC drugs, as well as supplements. Before
giving your child a new prescription or OTC medicine, ask the doctor or pharmacist if there is a risk of a
drug interaction with your child’s current medicines.
Before purchasing a medication, check the exterior packaging for any signs
of damage. Do not purchase drugs with damaged packaging. At home, double-check
the label to make sure it’s the correct medicine for your child.
The drug’s lid or seal should not be broken. When in doubt, ask
a pharmacist for guidance or call your pediatrician.
Sunrise Children’s Hospital is your family’s partner in wellness. Our children’s hospital
is proud to serve families throughout the Las Vegas area with exceptional
pediatric services, including emergency care. If you have a general healthcare
question, you can call a registered nurse at our hospital at (702) 233-5437.