PART 4: KEEPING YOUR CHILD HEALTHY
PROPER USE OF MEDICINES
Number Of Drugs For An Illness
While your doctor may be justified in prescribing more
than 2 to 3 drugs for a particular illness, it is also
possible that your child probably does not need all those
If the diagnosis is correct, the child may either need
no medicine, one specific drug for the specific illness or
perhaps another drug for giving symptomatic relief.
Information That Parents Should Provide To The Doctor
You must tell your doctor if your child has a known
allergy to any particular drug. If so, it should be written in bold letters
on top of her prescription and record. The doctor should
also know if the child has G-6-PD deficiency. (See Anaemia in
THE A-Z OF CHILDHOOD ILLNESSES.) He may like to avoid certain drugs in such cases.
Syrups, Tablets Or Capsules
If a child can have tablets or capsules, do not give
syrups. With a tablet or a capsule, you are sure of a correct
dose and can reduce the incidence of dental caries due to sugary syrups. The syrups may also have harmful ingredients
like alcohol and colouring agents.
7 March, 2016