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Children's Medications

Do you know the facts about children's medications? Learn about potential side effects, and educate yourself on any medicines you might give your child.

7 Home Remedies to Soothe Cold and Flu Symptoms

According to the National Institutes of Health, children get an average of 6 to 10 colds per year. Add that to flu season, and it can seem your child is always sick! Most cold and flu illnesses are viruses, meaning they can't be treated with anitbiotics. So, what's a concerned mom to do? read more

Are Decongestant Sprays Safe for Toddlers?

Decongestant nose spray is not routinely recommended for toddlers. read more

Bed-Wetting Medication

Bed-wetting medication is only a temporary solution. Find out what else you can do to resolve bedwetting. read more

Cure for Eczema?

Learn about eczema in children, and the best ways to treat it. read more

Do You Recommend Ritalin?

It's best to be cautious about giving any medicines to children and to minimize the amount we do prescribe. read more

Giving Your Toddler Medicine

Giving Your Toddler Medicine Childproofing Children should never be given aspirin because it increases their risk of contracting Reye's Syndrome—a potentially life-threatening condition. read more

Is It Okay to Give Children Echinacea?

Before giving a child any medicinal drug or herb, it's important to discuss the relative risks and benefits of it with the pediatrician. read more

Making Sense of Kids' Medicines

Making Sense of Kids' MedicinesYour 10-year-old feels miserable. He's got a runny nose, cough, and fever--all signs of the common cold going around his class in school. The pediatrician says it could take as long as 14 days to clear up and recommends a decongestant to unstuff your son's nose. But then the pharmacist advises a suppressant to curb the cough. What's a parent to do? read more

Medical Permission Form

Stepparents have no official legal status. Use this medical permission form for your stepchild in case of an emergency. read more

Medication Permission Form

Use this school form if you need to give the school permission to give your child medication. read more

Name Brand vs. Generic Cold Medicines

Find out how to choose the right medicine for a cold. read more

Overprescription of Antibiotics

Overprescription of AntibioticsSeveral weeks ago, when my seven-year-old son came down with a nasty cold and cough, I thought for sure the pediatrician would prescribe antibiotics. But instead, she sent us home empty-handed. "Chances are it's just a bad virus that needs to run its course," the doctor explained. "If I give him an antibiotic for no reason, this same antibiotic might not work in the future when he really needs it." Drug-resistant bacteria read more

Persistent Cough in Infant

Most over-the-counter cold medicines do not work very well in babies, and they can have noticeable side effects. read more

Protecting the Gift Excerpt

Protecting the Gift Excerpt "Open wide ... here comes the choo-choo." When it comes to giving children medicine, a little imagination never hurts. But what's more important is vigilance: giving the medicine at the right time at the right dose, avoiding interactions between drugs, watching out for tampering, and asking your child's doctor or the pharmacist about any concerns you may have. Whether it's a prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) drug, dispensing medicine properly to children is important. Given incorrectly, drugs may be ineffective or harmful. read more

Tylenol and Toddlers

If misused, Tylenol and other brands of acetaminophen have the potential for fatal injury to a toddler's liver. read more