Inform the doctor of any allergies or side effects
If your child has an allergy to any particular medicone e or food, be sure to tell your doctor. Ask your doctor about the possible side effects of the medications given to your child. You must also have a basic idea of what each drug does, so it is best to ask your doctor and be informed. If your child is experiencing symptoms such as skin rashes, fainting, shortness of breath, or blood in the urine, stop giving the medication immediately and seek medical advice.
Giving liquid medicine
Do not use household utensils when measuring liquid medicines or syrups. These are not accurate forms of measurement. Use the small cup or spoon that comes with the bottle of medicine and measure the correct dose each time.
Also, do not give liquid medicine to babies while they sleep. You can use a spoon, syringe, or a dropper to administer the liquid. Using a syringe is ideal. When you plunge the syrup or liquid medicine slowly in the space between the teeth and the cheek, it will reduce the child’s ability to throw it out.
Give the dose again if the child vomits soon after
If the child vomits within 30 minutes of receiving the medicine, the dose should be given again. It is necessary to do so as the body is not able to absorb the drug completely within this timeframe.
Check the bottle and shake it before use
Look at the label on the bottle before giving the medicine and make sure it is the right medicine. Make sure you shake the bottle before giving the medication to spread the liquid equally. Also make sure to check the expiry date.
Dissolve pills if hard to swallow and explain the need for medicine
Do not force your child to swallow pills if they are too small to take them. Dissolve the pills in water and let your child drink it. Even if the child is slightly older, do not force them to swallow pills if they say it is difficult to do so.
Keep medicine out of reach of your children
When storing medicines, make sure to place them where the child cannot reach them. Avoid placing drugs that you give both children and adults in the same place. Always keep the syrup in the same bottle that it came in. Don't forget to discard the medication once your child’s treatment period is over. If the child accidently takes medicine that is meant for an adult, take them to the hospital immediately.
(MBBS, DCH, MD)
Meerigama Base Hospital