(HealthDay News) -- If your child isn't feeling well and needs an over-the-counter medication recommended by your pediatrician, the American Academy of Family Physicians offers these safety guidelines:
- Make sure the medicine treats only your child's symptoms, nothing more.
- Make sure any caregivers know the correct timing, dosage and type of medication your child needs.
- Always read the medication's label and follow directions carefully.
- Keep medications stored in their original packaging, so you can easily refer to instructions.
- Never give cough and cold medication to a child younger than age 4 or aspirin to anyone younger than age 18.
- Don't combine medications unless your child's pediatrician says it's OK to do so.
- Don't give any adult medication to a child.