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Flu: Medicine Safety and Children

October 21, 2019

Does your child have the flu? This video highlights medicine
safety tips you’ll want to know. You’ll also learn which medicines are safe
for pain and fever and what medicines
you’ll want to avoid. Take these four steps. Step 1 — Store medicines safely,
out of reach of children. Install a child-safety latch. Medicines left on countertops or
in purses can be easily reached. Place all medicines
in this locked cabinet where your child
can’t reach them. Step 2 — Make sure that you buy
pain and fever medicines that say “children’s”
on the label. Also, look for the word
“acetaminophen,” such as Children’s Tylenol or a store brand
of children’s acetaminophen. Or look for the word “ibuprofen”
on the label, such as Children’s Motrin,
Children’s Advil, or a store brand
of children’s ibuprofen. Think your child, age 18
or younger, might have the flu? Never give them aspirin or
products with aspirin in them. Check all labels to make sure
they don’t contain aspirin, also called salicylate. Taking aspirin can cause
a rare and serious illness called Reye’s Syndrome,
also called Reye Syndrome, in children who are recovering
from viral infections such as flu. Want to learn more? Talk to your doctor
about Reye’s Syndrome. Step 3 — The dose of medicine
you give your child depends on your child’s age
and weight. Read the package label
for dosing information. This way,
you will be sure to give the right amount of medicine. Step 4 — You’ll want to use
a special medicine spoon, dropper, or the cap
that came with the medicine. Be sure to wash the cap,
dropper, or spoon with soap and water
after each use. It is very important that you do not give
any cough or cold medicine to children
younger than 4 years of age. To review, follow the four steps
of medicine safety for children. Keep medicines out of reach
of children. Buy medicine that says
“for children” on the label and look for the words
“acetaminophen” or “ibuprofen.” Make sure the dose
you offer your child is right for their age
and weight. And finally,
use a special medicine spoon, dropper, or the cap
that came with the medicine. For other children
who are not sick, talk to your doctor about making sure they get
the seasonal flu vaccine. This can keep them
from getting the flu.

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