Medications

Keep yourself informed and up-to-date on about the medications your family is taking.

Antibacterial Drugs

Antibiotics are the subject of this article which is followed by comprehension questions. read more

Antibiotic Overuse

Antibiotics are not necessary for all infections, and they have unfortunately been overprescribed. read more

Are We Overusing Antibiotics and Antibacterial Products?

Are We Overusing Antibiotics and Antibacterial Products? When you walk into the cleaning or household aisle of your nearby grocery store, you're likely confronted with row upon row of antibacterial cleaning products. If you look into a woman's purse or on a teacher's desk, you're likely to find a small bottle of antibacterial hand sanitizer. If you work in a large office or food service venue, antibacterial foams, soaps, and sanitizers can be found in dispensers on walls and near sinks. read more

Ear Infections and Antibiotics

Find out when prophylactic antibiotics are advisable for ear infections. read more

Ear Infections, Antibiotics, and Autism

Our expert has not seen any professional literature suggesting that ear infections and/or the use of antibiotics cause autism. read more

How Long to Take Antibiotics

Find out why it's important to take antibiotics for the full ten days prescribed. read more

Motion Sickness

Learn a number of things that you can do to try to head off motion sickness. read more

New Guidelines on Medication Safety for Breastfeeding Mothers

New Guidelines on Medication Safety for Breastfeeding Mothers Do you have concerns about breastfeeding while on certain medications? Good news: In the September 2013 issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shares its revised guidelines on the transfer of drugs into breast milk, largely loosening the "rules" on medication safety for nursing mothers. The AAP says: "Many mothers are inappropriately advised to discontinue breastfeeding or avoid taking any essential medications because of fears of adverse effects on their infants. 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

Ritalin® Questions

It is technically correct to say that Ritalin® does not treat ADD, in the sense that it does not cure the condition. read more

Sample Medication Log

This worksheet provides guidance for observing your child's reaction to medication. read more

Treating Mild Anemia

It is important to treat iron deficiency anemia, since it may have an effect on how well the brain works. read more