Your child's doctor and your pharmacist can answer your questions about prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicine. Here are some things you should know about each of the medicines that your child takes by mouth (oral medicines):
When your doctor prescribes a medicine or when you ask about an OTC medicine for your child, be sure to tell your doctor these things:
The pharmacist should tell you when and how to give your child the medicine, and should answer any questions you have about the medicine. For liquid medicines, the pharmacist should give you a measuring device and show you the right way to use it.
There are many things you can do to make medicine taste better to your child. Put liquid medicines in the refrigerator before giving them to your child. If your child will not take a medicine because of the taste, it may be okay to mix the medicine with a small amount of liquid (like juice) or soft food (like pudding). Ask your doctor or pharmacist about your child's medicine to see if this is okay. Some pharmacies have flavorings they can mix with liquids before you take them home.
You should also explain to your child how medicine can help them stay healthy or make them feel better.
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Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff