Health Tip: Giving Pain Medication to Your Child

Speak to your doctor first

(HealthDay News) - Giving your child medications, even over-the-counter medicines, should always be carefully monitored by your doctor.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions before you give any pain medication to your child:

  • If a person younger than age 18 has the flu or chickenpox, never give the person aspirin, which could lead to a rare but deadly condition called Reye's Syndrome.
  • Acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) is a generally safe painkiller for young children.
  • Be careful about giving ibuprofen to children who are allergic to aspirin, as they may also be allergic to ibuprofen.
  • Pain relievers may be dangerous for children with asthma, so don't administer them without a doctor's consent.
  • Be careful not to give your child too much of the same medication. Sometimes the same active ingredient can be found in more than one medication.
Diana Kohnle

Diana Kohnle

Published on February 08, 2008

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