Some of the medicines that you should avoid giving your child are:
1. Over-the-Counter (OTC) Cough and Cold Medicines: Giving OTC medicines to children aged < 2 years can cause serious side-effects, such as rapid heart rate, decreased levels of consciousness or even cause death. Consult your doctor if your child’s cold symptoms do not improve or get worse.
2. Aspirin or Aspirin-Containing Medications: Never give your kid aspirin or aspirin-containing medications. Moreover, if your child has an illness caused by virus, never give aspirin, as it might cause ‘Reye syndrome’, which is a potentially life-threatening disease.
Moreover, many OTC medicines contain aspirin, so always read labels carefully and check with your doctor if you are not sure whether a product is aspirin-free or not. Aspirin is sometimes referred to as salicylate or acetylsalicylate.
3. Leftover Medications: Sometimes, when your child is prescribed liquid medications, chances may be there that some might be leftover. In such cases, throw it out. Never re-use leftover medicines.
4. Expired Medicines: Before purchasing any medicine, always check the expiry date so that you do not end up giving expired medicines to your child.
5. Medicines Made for Adults: Do not experiment with your child by giving adult medicines or medicines that have been prescribed to someone else, be it an adult or child. Even if two people have the same illness, their requirements for drugs, doses and directions for use are always different.
6. Two Types of Medicines with the Same Ingredients: Always check for the ingredients. Never give your child two types of medicines with the same ingredients.