SOURCE: CHPA Educational Foundation, www.KnowYourOTCs.org

  • Always read and follow the label.
  • Only use a medicine that treats your child’s specific symptoms.
  • Never give two medicines with any of the same active ingredients.

  • Always give the recommended dose and use the correct measuring device. Never use a medicine longer than the label instructs or at higher doses, unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
  • When possible, dose by your child’s weight following the instructions on the label or by receiving instructions from your healthcare provider.
  • Do not use oral cough and cold medicines in children under the age of 4.
  • Never use cough, cold or allergy medicines to sedate your child.
  • Never give aspirin-containing products to children and adolescents for cold or flu symptoms unless told to do so by a healthcare provider.
  • Do not give a medicine only intended for adults to a child.
  • Keep all medicines and vitamins out of your child’s reach and sight.
  • Teach your child about using medicines safely. (See the video from the FDA.)
  • Stop use and contact your healthcare provider immediately if your child develops any side effects or reactions that concern you.
  • Consult a healthcare provider or pharmacist with any questions.
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