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Health Tip: Giving Medicine Safely to Children

Last Updated: July 24, 2019.

(HealthDay News) -- Giving a child the wrong dose or an inappropriate medication can have serious consequences, says MedlinePlus.

Drug labels for prescription medicines should have a section on use among children.

To safely give medicine to your child, MedlinePlus suggests:

  • Read and follow the label directions every time.
  • Watch for any side effects.
  • Know the abbreviations for amounts such as tablespoon and teaspoon.
  • Use the correct dosing device.
  • Follow age- and weight-limit restrictions.
  • Check with a doctor before giving two medicines at once.


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