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Medicine safety

  • If your child has a fever or feels ill, give her acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

    See dosage charts in " How to treat your child's fever."

    • Never force a tablet into your child's mouth. Dissolve it in a small amount of water or let her chew on it.
    • Do not give your child aspirin. This can cause a serious condition called Reye's syndrome
    • Do not give your child herbals, vitamins, prescription or other over-the-counter medicines without your health care provider's approval. Follow the package directions. If you have any questions or concerns, call your health care provider or pharmacist.
    • Keep all medicines out of your child's reach.


    Report any medicine side effect your child has to your health care provider.

    Always follow your health care provider's instructions.

  • Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
    Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic
    First published: 02/01/2010
    Last reviewed: 01/01/2016