Medicines that should not be given to your baby
Sore throat, cough or runny nose - when a child catches a cold, we instinctively reach to the home medicine cabinet to give him medicine. It's understandable - we want to help. Sometimes, however, the use of a drug may bring about completely different results than the intended ones. Not all medications are suitable for children. What are they not allowed to give?
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All preparations containing the undesirable active ingredient - acetylsalicylic acid - are not suitable for the youngest. We do not give them to children up to 16 years of age. It is because of the dangerous possible consequences - Reye's syndrome, which often ends in death.
Although paracetamol is considered safe for children, overdosing can be dangerous. Meanwhile, many parents are misrepresenting it.
It is worth remembering that a substance called paracetamol is found in many drugs, so do not combine several together and always read the ingredients carefully. If the fever and inflammation that we treat with paracetamol do not go away after 3-4 days and the child still feels unwell, see a doctor immediately.
3. Drugs for nausea and vomiting
Vomiting in a young child is dangerous as it can lead to dehydration. However, you should not administer medications for this ailment on your own. They can cause serious complications and have undesirable effects. If your child is nauseous or vomiting, go to a clinic or hospital immediately.
4. Medications for colds
First of all - such drugs are intended mainly for adults. They contain appropriate doses of active substances, but adapted to the adult body.
Secondly - the most common active ingredients are ibuprofen and paracetamol, which have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. In high doses, they can lead to serious side effects: abdominal pain, drowsiness, convulsions, increased heart rate, rash.
We often use funds from the pharmacy to fight infection. However, before we give the child artificial substances, it is worth using natural methods. Onion syrup, garlic, ginger tea will be good.
5. Medication prescribed to another person
Some time ago an older child had a disease and do you have a few more doses of the drug at home that he was taking? In no case give it to the younger one. This is another common mistake parents make.
Or maybe you have an unused prescription? Give up buying it out. A child, especially a small one, can only be given drugs that have been tailored to the specific case of the patient.
6. Medicines that require chewing and sucking
You can buy vitamins in the form of jellies in pharmacies. They are intended for older children who can already chew. Under no circumstances should you give them to two-year-olds and younger children.
The disadvantage of jellies is also the composition - they often contain a large dose of unnecessary sugar. The lozenges are suitable for children over 5 years of age.
7. Expired drugs
Each drug has its own use-by date. The more natural the remedy, the shorter the consumption time. If your child does not use up all the medication during illness, throw it away as soon as the medicine expires. Expired can do more harm than good. Administration of such a preparation causes poisoning, vomiting and abdominal pain.