By Meredith Jacobs
Nothing gets a parent more concerned than when their kid is sick. Medication, whether over-the-counter or prescribed medication recommended by a doctor, gives parents true serenity when they can assist relieving their child’s symptoms or pain. However, it’s very simple for parents to get carried away while medicating their children, with the expectation of easing discomfort faster.
Below are some of the most common medication mistakes made by parents:
Numerous Over-the-counter meds contain similar active ingredients despite the fact that the symptoms they treat are different. For example, many multi-symptom cold formulas contain acetaminophen, the pain-relieving, fever-reducing medication found in Tylenol. On the off chances that you treat your child’s congestion with a multi-symptom product and his/her fever with Tylenol, she’ll get twice the prescribed amount of acetaminophen.
Be sure to Check the Over the counter product’s Medication Facts to confirm that it’s the best for your child’s symptoms. Also, try not to give two separate medications unless directed by your child’s doctor.
#2 Not Completing The Course Of Antibiotics
A large number of us have made this mistake: our child appears to be better so we stop his course of anti-biotics in light of the fact that we expect he/she doesn’t need with it any longer.
Anti-biotics are given to kill the bacteria that causes a disease. However, in the event that you stop the anti-biotics early, it’s quite possible that the bacteria has not completely been killed and a re-infection can occur.
He additionally clarifies that germs have a rate of development and anti-infection span is reliant on this rate of development. So a moderate developing strain of bacteria will require a more extended term of anti-biotics to totally kill it.
#3 Giving Medication For ‘Non Health’ Purposes
Hands up on the off chances that you have ever given your kid a little measurement of cough syrup before a flight or a long car rider to make them sleepy? Many parents admitted to giving cough syrup to help manage their child’s behavior. Doing this however can have unintended consequences and can cause harm to your child. Scientists at Georgetown University Medical College found that a popular medication generally given to kids before a flight to make them sleepy really may make some of them more hyperactive!
What You Could Do
As an alternative, take toys, books, electronic learning tools for children with headphones, healthy snacks, and a decent dosage of patience on your next trip with your child which will be sure to help.
#4 Medications Interacting with One Another
The Problem: Some medications were never intended to be mixed. With 40% of seniors taking at least five prescriptions and large portions of them getting these solutions from numerous experts, at times patients are unintentionally prescribed meds or take medicines which are dangerous when mixed. For instance, a patient could be prescribed a sedative painkiller from a pain doctor and a sedating sleeping medicine from a sleep expert, each of which would be safe when taken exclusively at recommended dosages, yet which could bring about hazardous over-sedation when combined.
Solution: Our doctors and drug specialists should be on top of this, however mistakes happen, particularly when a patient’s various doctors are not speaking with each other adequately. Speak to your pharmacist about all the medicine you are taking. Consider utilizing online tools, for example, Medscape’s Drug Interaction Checker or WebMD’s Interaction Checker to ensure the medicines, supplements and over the counter meds you are taking don’t conflict with each other.
#5 Re-using Measuring Cup From Another Medication
Each type of medicine accompanies its own particular measurements. It would not be reasonable to use the same measuring cup or spoon for all drugs [if more than one are being administered on the go].
Medicines are made of chemicals which can respond and the measurements may also not be comparable in size and may impact the correct dosage that needs to be administered. Use only the cap or measuring instrument provided with the specific medication.