Treat with care campaign

December 28, 2008 6:21:54 AM PST
You probably know her as Dr. Miranda Bailey -- the tough head resident on the ABC television drama, Grey's Anatomy. Chandra Wilson joined on behalf of the "Treat with Care Campaign," which gives advice to parents who treat their children with over the counter medicines.

Here's how to safely give and store these medicines:

Always read and follow medicine labels exactly and use the measuring device that comes with the medicine.

Do not give a medicine only intended for adults to a child.

Only give the medicine that treats your child's specific symptoms.

Never give two medicines at the same time that contain the same active ingredient.

Do not use oral cough and cold medicines for children under age 4.

Never use an OTC medicine to sedate or make a child sleepy.

Never give aspirin-containing products to a child for cold or flu symptoms unless told to do so by a doctor.

If your child develops any side effects or reactions that concern you, stop giving the OTC medicine and contact a doctor immediately.

Keep all medicines out of your child's reach and sight.

Talk to a doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider if you have any questions.

Always use the correct measuring device.

Never use longer than the label instructs or at higher doses, unless your doctor specifically tells you to do so.


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