04 Oct Administrating medication tips for parents
Choosing a medication for your child can be confusing!
What’s the difference between a generic and a name brand? How do you calculate dosage? What’s with all the different active ingredients? And how do you get your kids to actually take it. Don’t run to the store unprepared. You need to have the following information on hand. The name and dosage of all medications your child is taking. If he’s taking prescriptions, buy over-the- counter medicines in the same pharmacy — the pharmacist has access to his records and can check for allergies or potential interactions.
Your child’s temperature
The pharmacist will want to know what his last reading was and how long he’s had the fever. Also make sure you have doctor-approved medications available at home.
Disposal in Household Trash
If no medicine take-back programs or DEA-authorized collectors are available in your area, and there are no specific disposal instructions on the label, such as flushing as described below, you can also follow these simple steps to
- dispose of most medicines in the household trash
- Mix medicines (do not crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable
- substance such as dirt, kitty litter, or used coffee grounds
- Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag
- Throw the container in your household trash
- Scratch out all personal information on the prescription label of your empty pill bottle or empty medicine packaging to make it unreadable, and then dispose of the container.
There is a small number of medicines that may be especially harmful and, in
some cases, fatal with just one dose if they are used by someone other than
the person for whom the medicine was prescribed. To prevent accidental
ingestion of these potentially dangerous medicines by children, or pets, it is
recommended that these medicines be disposed of quickly by flushing.
How to prevent overdose: Here are some tips
- Know the difference between a tablespoon (tbsp) and a teaspoon (tsp). A tablespoon holds three times as much medicine as a teaspoon.
- Prevent a poison emergency by always using a child-resistant cap. Relock the cap after each use. Be especially careful with any medicines that contain iron; they are the leading cause of poisoning
deaths in young children.
- Use the dosage delivery device that comes with the medicine, such as a dropper or a dosing cup. A different device, or a kitchen spoon, could hold the wrong amount of medicine. And never drink liquid medicine from the bottle.
- Always follow the directions on the Drug Facts label of your
medicine. Read the label every time before you give the medicine.
- Give the right medicine, in the right amount. Medicines with the same brand name can be sold in different strengths, such as infant, children, and adult formulas. The dose and directions also vary for children of different ages or weights. Always use the right strength and follow the directions exactly. Never use more medicine than directed unless your doctor tells you to do so.
- Know the “active ingredient” in the medicine. This is what makes the medicine work and it is always listed at the top of the Drug Facts label. Many medicines used to treat different symptoms have the same active ingredient.
The information contained on this Website should not be used as a substitute
for the medical care and advice of your health care provider. There may be
variations in treatment that your health care provider may recommend
based on individual facts and circumstances.