November 6, 2002
Just a Spoon Full of Sugar
Give your child medication safely
(HealthDayNews) -- When your child needs pain medication, you need to know how much and when to administer it.
The University of California, Davis, Health System offers these tips:
- Know your child's weight so you can accurately choose the right dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
- If pain still persists, you can give a second drug with your physician's advice.
- Don't give drops to a baby who's lying down; this can cause choking.
- If your children are sleeping when it's time for the next dose, don't rouse them. When they wake on their own, you can judge whether they need another dose.
- Don't give aspirin to infants or children. It can cause Reye's syndrome, a rare but sometimes fatal disease.