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Are Over-the-Counter Medications Safe for Kids?

Jim Bussis, Pharmacist

Paul’s Pharmacy

Holland, Michigan

Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are safe and effective for a child of the right age and weight, but recommendations for OTCs change as time goes on. That’s especially true for children’s remedies. As parents and grandparents, we hate to see our little ones suffer, and we feel the need to give them something to help them feel better right away. However, what we remember as being the right thing to do in the past may not be the right thing to do today. While the urge is to select a product based on the symptom relief stated on the front of the package, you need to be sure it is the right product for your child based on the age or weight range given on the back of the package.

It’s important to read the labeling on children’s OTC medications to find the right dose. Staying within those guidelines helps keep the child safe and helps them feel better. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions and don’t use more than the recommended dose for the child’s age or weight. Some OTCs specifically note that the product should not be given to children under a certain age (which is frequently two years old) without consulting a doctor. Always using the dosage dropper or cup that is included with a liquid medication can help ensure an accurate dosage is given.

Above all, don’t be afraid to ask your pharmacist for guidance on over-the counter medication. That’s why we’re here!

The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily represent that of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation. The content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prescribe or treat any health condition and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health professional.

August 1, 2019



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