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As caregivers of toddlers, you will find yourself in a position where you need to take care of a sick child once in while. This doesn’t mean you have to run for the doctor’s number every time you hear a sniffle. There are certain points you can keep in mind when administering medications to a toddler.
Antibiotics do not cure cold and flu. Antibiotics are useful for countering bacteria. In case of cold and flu, the main culprits happen to be viruses, which antibiotics have no control over. Here are some tips which can make administering medicines at home a less nerve-wracking experience.
Drugs that Should Not Be Given to Children
There are some drugs that must be absolutely avoided for children:
– Several organisations over the world have recommended against the use of Aspirin for children. Research has linked Aspirin to early onset of Reye’s Syndrome. The drug should be strictly avoided in case of toddlers.
2. Adult medication
– This is to be absolutely avoided, even in small doses. The drug formulation will react differently in an adult’s body than in a child’s body. Hence the drugs are not interchangeable at all. Be sure to follow the doctor’s instruction, or pick up drugs meant for toddlers only, and for the intended use.
3. Over-the-counter cold and cough medications
– Do not give your toddler medications picked up over the counter. If medication has to be given, check with a pediatrician before administering the same. Enquire well to the chemist, if you are still in doubt.
– This drug is often administered to toddlers to reduce their pain and fever. Check the contents as you buy medicines for some drugs already contain acetaminophen and a separate dose may not be required. Check with your pediatrician before giving it to your toddler.
5. Medicines beyond the date of expiry
– Always double-check the date of expiry on all medicines .
6. Copy prescriptions for same symptoms
Do not follow prescriptions meant for another patient. Prescriptions are based on individual symptoms, illnesses, body type and allergies of each patient. The medication and dosage for one child may be different from another. They are highly customised and cannot be duplicated
Homemade Alternative to Drugs
Parents increasingly prefer to opt for the natural remedies rather than conventional medicines every time a toddler sneezes. As with your toddler’s nutrition and diet plan, some parents prefer home remedies for common ailments. You need to ensure that the right home remedies are administered to your toddler. Do keep in mind any allergies your toddler may have towards any natural ingredient before you administer them. Make sure that your child is well-hydrated. Almost 70% of a human body is made of water. Insufficient water levels in the body can cause a great deal of uneasiness in an adult or toddler.
It may be a good idea to seek home remedies for mild cough and cold in your toddler. But you need to reach out for medical assistance if you feel the symptoms are worsening or your child may be suffering from a flu/ virus and needs medical attention.