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Can I give adult medicine to my preschooler?

Adult over the counter medications are formulated for adults and are generally not safe for children. Never give a child an adult medication unless your doctor gives you the ok.
Although there are some adult medications that are more than likely safe to give a child, you can never be sure. Manufacturers produce medications with varying strengths, so there is no standard way to determine what adult over the counter medications are safe for children. As an example, one brand of adult paracetamol may have twice the level of the active ingredient, so a small amount could be too much for a child.
Additionally, some adult medicines can contain other active ingredients that can be unsafe for a child to take.
It’s always best to keep children’s over the counter medications on hand, but if you are in a situation where you cannot get a children’s medication, contact a pharmacist or a doctor before you give your child an adult medication.

More questions

Concern over give infants cold medicine
There are very specific guidelines when it comes to safely administering over the counter medications to babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
Fever is often the first sign of an illness in children. When your child has a temperature it can be a worrying and stressful time.
Sore throats and coughs are two very common illnesses for children.
Once you have established your baby has a fever and have taken practical measures, such as placing them in a cooler environment, to combat this, a fever-reducing medication can be administered.
Febrile convulsions are caused by a rapid increase in the body temperature of young children.
Once you have established your baby has a slight fever, there are a number of measures you can take to keep it under control
If your baby has a slight fever, there are a number of measures you can take to keep it under control.
The average body temperature should be between 35°C and 37°C.
While a fever can be treated, it's important to keep in mind that fevers are usually the symptom of an illness and not the illness itself.



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