SAINT BARNABAS MEDICAL CENTER DEPARTMENT OF PHARMACY OFFERS TIPS FOR MEDICINE SAFETY AND CHILDREN
Livingston, N.J. -- Before administering any medication to their child, parents should ask their physician or pharmacist several important questions. These include the reason the medication is being prescribed; how long the child will be taking it; possible interactions with any other medications; what to do if a dose is missed; and any potential side effects.
“Whether it is a prescription or an over-the-counter medication, parents need to dispense medicine properly to children,” says Eric Hola, R. Ph., Director of Pharmacy for Saint Barnabas Medical Center. “Given incorrectly, some medications may be ineffective or even harmful.”
Medications and the Sun
As a result, children can suffer severe sunburns after only a short time in the sun. Other reactions can include rashes, hives, itching and blistering. It can happen with both direct sunlight and artificial sunlight.
• Know which of your child’s medicines can potentially cause these problems. Prescription bottles should contain a sticker to alert you of a potential reaction.
Traveling with Your Child’s Medications
• If traveling by car, do not store medicines in the glove compartment or the trunk. These areas can become hot, which can alter how well some medicines work.
Going to school with medications
• Keep good records of your child’s medication history. Include everything from immunizations to potential allergies or side effects. Update records regularly.
Date: August 21, 2006
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