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Can I give over the counter medicine to my child?

Over the counter medications are such a common remedy for coughs and colds, however not all of them are suitable for children under a certain age and they can have a long list of ingredients which means they can be more likely to cause side effects.
 
With this in mind, it’s a good idea to always check with your pharmacist or GP and try to follow some of these guidelines:
 
Don’t use over the counter medications for children under the age of six unless otherwise advised by your paediatrician.
Don’t give over the counter medications to newborns under the age of 3 months.
Always ensure that you read the label to determine the correct dosage and never give more than the recommended amount for your child’s age.
 
Remember, if in doubt about any over-the-counter medication speak to your GP.

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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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