Kids tend to fall sick often and everytime they do, there’s a train of tablets, syrups and injections thrown their way. These work in bringing your child back to their healthy self but only when they are administered correctly. Without even realizing it, you might be making rookie mistakes when it comes to giving medicines to your child. A few of them are as listed below:
1. Improper measurements
When your child is prescribed a cough syrup, you probably measure it out using a spoon from the kitchen before giving it to him (It’s approximately the same, right?). This is a very wrong practice as it will result in you giving too little or more than what is the recommended amount. Always use a marked measurement cup, spoon or a syringe to give liquid medicines.
Maybe you forgot to give him his pill last night after dinner, that doesn’t mean you give 2 pills the next day to compensate for the mistake. Sometimes parents also tend to over-medicate their child in hopes of speedy recovery. This is very dangerous as over-dosage could cause serious side effects. It’s important to note that you won’t see immediate results with medication, give it time and if you forgot a dosage, call and ask your doctor about it.
Sometimes parents tend to give the wrong medicine for the wrong problem. When you go to a doctor, they write the list of medicines on the prescription, each one for different reason and then ask you to consume them accordingly. Once you reach home, the prescription and tablets find way into different cabinets which means you’ll be doing a lot of guesswork before giving the medication to your child. To prevent this, tape or staple your prescription to the cover that contains the medicines. This way you never lose them.
4. Self medication
Most people have a set of standard pills and syrup for common health issues like cold, fever and headaches. While this may work for adults, you should refrain from giving these to your children because there is a big difference in the dosage and also in the way they work on children. If you think your child is falling sick, go to a doctor.
You should keep the medicines just about anywhere. A few require to be kept at room temperature and a lot of them change formula and become ineffective or even potentially dangerous if they are keep at extreme temperatures (too hot or too cold). Always read the instructions on the label and store them accordingly.