If you are or could be pregnant, call your doctor before taking any medicine.
Keep a list of all your medicines , including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and natural health products. And share the list with your doctor.
Here are some safety tips about giving children medicines:
Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 18 unless your doctor tells you to, because of the risk of Reye syndrome.
Talk to your doctor before you give fever medicine to a baby who is 6 months of age or younger. This is to make sure a young baby's fever is not a sign of a serious illness. Ask your doctor what other medicines may not be safe to give your child.
Don't take medicines in front of small children. Children are great mimics. Don't say that medicine tastes like candy.
Keep medicines, vitamins, and natural health products tightly capped in their original containers. Store them as directed and keep them out of the reach of children.
For more information, see Quick Tips: Giving Over-the-Counter Medicines to Children.
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Theresa O'Young PharmD - Clinical Pharmacy
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