Many adults are guilty of making mistakes when taking their prescription medications- like using a teaspoon instead of the measuring cup, or using old prescription antibiotics to avoid a trip to the doctor. But when administering prescription medications to children, parents must be extra careful to follow safety rules and dosage specifications in order to avoid doing damage to the child’s developing body. Parenting.com outlines common medication mistakes and how to avoid them.
Using the Wrong Measuring Device
- 75% of adults use a kitchen teaspoon to dole out liquid medication.
- Using teaspoons to administer medication could result in overdose or underdose of medication.
- If the medication does not come with its own measuring cup or dropper, purchase an oral dosing syringe or dropper from a local pharmacy.
- Even if several children require the same medication, they should not share prescriptions.
- Prescriptions dosages might be different based on the child’s weight, age, and medical history.
Stopping Medicine Too Soon
- Children should always take the full course of their medication, even if they feel better.
- Stopping medication use before recommended could cause the child to develop an even worse infection/illness.
- Parents should always follow dosage requirements and refill recommendations.
Using Leftover Medicine
- Parents should never give children expired medications- medications lose their potency and effectiveness over time.
- The leftover medication may not be appropriate for the child’s new illness.
- When a child is sick, a doctor should determine the proper course of treatment.
Referring to Medicines as “Candy”
- Children should understand what medication is and what it is not.
- If children begin to look at medications as a treats, they make take doses unsupervised.
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