We all do agree that medical science and medicines per se, have improved the quality of our lives, help us to recuperate faster and at times are lifesavers. Despite the invaluable role that they play in our lives at various junctures, a fact is infants, toddlers and pre-adolescents run the risk of experiencing adverse effects of medication on their physiology and development; which at times may lead to fatal consequences. When it comes to prescription, drugs they are better suited to full-grown adults who have a stronger and highly developed immune system. In the case of children below the age of 13 giving medicine to children without medical advice may be lethal in cases.
To avoid such an unwanted situation one needs to be wary when administering medicine to children and only purchase those (OTC/Prescription drugs) after consultation with a certified medical professional, preferably a pediatrician. Also, follow directions to the tee when giving them to your kids. You need to be aware of the drug interactions, contra-indications and possible side effects that may occur. Ensure that all medicines are out of harm’s reach and use childproof caps on all bottles.
Storage plays a vital role when it comes to keeping them safe and out of reach from infants and toddlers who are likely to pop anything into their mouth once it is in their reach. Therefore, they should be stored in a cabinet that has a lock. Any sort of medical drugs have to be locked away to prevent any untoward mishaps. For those who do not have a built in cabinet they could opt for a small lock box, which can be used as a storage unit. Curiosity in a child along with development in his /her climbing skills can be a recipe for disaster and precautionary measures must be adopted.
Double-check when you have to administer medicine to children for the right dosage. As many medical dosage containers look similar, one needs to be sure that the right dosage is given. Remember children’s medications are of a lower potency and are specifically created for their usage, so only opt to give ones that fit the bill or are approved by your physician. A surprisingly common mistake is that parents at times refer to medicines as candy to coax a child to take it. This could be dicey as they might be tempted to try them in the absence of any adult thinking they are actually candy.
All medical drugs have a shelf life and need to be disposed of safely once they pass the date of expiration. Check periodically for medicines that are out of date and keep them in their original packaging to get rid of them. Check with your local pharmacy if they have a company co-ordinate drug program for safe disposal, as some pharmaceuticals companies do have such programs.
In conclusion, medicines are to be used strictly as per a qualified physician’s instructions and they should be labeled and stored in separate containers. A little bit of caution before administering medicine to children can go a long way in ensuring the safety of your little angels and keeping them healthy and safe!