- First and the foremost, the name of the medicine.
- The purpose for which the medicine is prescribed.
- Correct dosage of the medicine. Dose is usually written on the prescription. It should also be printed on the package insert or product label.
- Timings of the medicine (e.g. how often and at what time).
- The route of administration of the medicine, like whether it has to be taken by mouth or applied to the skin, etc.
- Whether it has to be given with food or without food or before or after food.
- Duration for which the medicine has to be continued.
- Storage options. You will get to know about it in the instruction leaflet.
- How to deal with a missed dose.
- Finally, the most common side-effects.
- Reactions/side-effects: Find out in advance about possible side-effects of the medicine before you start giving it to your child. Knowing about side-effects in advance will help you deal with them, in case they occur, later on. Usually, common side-effects are mentioned in the instruction leaflet.
Checklist before Giving any Medicine to your Child
Children are more sensitive to medications than adults. A wrong dose or wrong timing in case of even most gentle over-the-counter (OTC) medicines can be harmful or ineffective. Before giving any medicine to your child, make sure that you know following important points:
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