Medication Safety for Children


What do I need to know about medication safety for children?

How do I give the right amount of medicine to my child?

What are some safety tips I should know? Do not:

What should I know about giving my child acetaminophen or ibuprofen? Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are given to reduce pain and fever. Too much of these medicines can be life-threatening to your child. Follow these safety rules to give the medicine correctly:

What should I know about giving my child cough or cold medicines?

How should I give medicine to young children? Use an oral syringe or dropper to measure and give liquid medicine to infants and young children. Slowly squirt a small amount of the medicine into the side of the mouth and let the child swallow it. Continue doing this until your child has swallowed all of the medicine. Do not squirt the medicine directly into his throat. This may cause him to choke. The following tips may help if your child will not take his medicine:

What should I do if my child takes too much medicine or has an allergic reaction? Call the Poison Control Center immediately at 1-800-222-1222 or call 911.

When should I contact my child's healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?


You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's caregivers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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