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What are tips for parents of a child taking medication?

Are you the parent of a child who takes medicines? If so, it is very important that
you talk to your child about taking his medicines safely.

1 ) Make sure your child knows why he or she is taking the medicine and what it is supposed to do.
2) Remind your child to take his medicines.
3) Pay attention to your child’s response to medicine. If you think the medicine is causing a problem, let your doctor know immediately.
4) Encourage your child to learn about the medicines he is taking by asking questions of his doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
5) Never change the amount of medicine your child takes without talking to his or
her provider.
6)  Continue your child’s medicine as long as his or her healthcare provider tells you to. Do not let your child stop taking his or her medicine just because he or she feels better.
7) Teach your child that medicines are not candy.
8) Teach your child the difference between prescription medications and illegal drugs. Use the term “medicines” to talk about prescription and over-the-counter medications.
9) Keep all medicines out of reach of your child.
10) Be sure that others who care for your child know about his medications and allergies. This includes step-parents, ex-spouses, grandparents, day care personnel, babysitters, school nurses and teachers.
11) Ask your child’s doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you have questions.

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