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Dr. Laura Jana Offers Parents Five Key Ways to Ensure Accurate Dosing of Liquid Medication to Infants
Date:10/12/2007

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treat their children by using medications designed to tackle an

all-encompassing list of symptoms. If a child has a horribly runny nose

and a hacking cough significant enough to warrant treatment, then it's

best to use medications made to treat those specific symptoms. Also, be

sure to continue to use them only for as long as they are truly

necessary.

4. Coping with rejection. Let's face it, some medicine - both

over-the-counter and prescription - doesn't taste so good. And even

when it does, young children who don't feel well are prone to spitting

it out, throwing it up, or simply rejecting it altogether. While it may

be tempting to try and mask the taste by mixing the medication directly

with other liquids in a child's bottle, unfortunately, parents are

all-too-often left guessing how much medication has actually been

absorbed when children fail to finish drinking it. Since repeat dosing

runs the real risk of an overdose, it's critical to discuss with your

child's doctor before offering a second dose, and better yet - getting

it right the first time.*

5. Contact Your Doctor or Pharmacist. Remember, you're not a doctor.

You're a parent. Rely on credible sources, such as your pharmacist and

child's pediatrician, to make sure you always get the right medication

for your child's symptoms, the right amount of medication for your

child's age and weight, and that you are giving it to your children the

right way. Doctors and pharmacists can give you additional valuable

information, such as which medications should not be mixed with other

liquids, so you can make sure the medicine you're giving is not only

necessary, but that it is going to be safe and effective as well.

As we head into yet another cold and flu season, remember to ask your
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