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Kids grow up fast.
As they do, we teach them as much as we can about safety.
Hi, I'm Benjamin Ortiz.
I'm a dad and a pediatrician at FDA.
One of the things kids will eventually need to know is how to use medicines safely.

But that doesn't mean they're ready to take medicine on their own.
Don't forget that all kids, regardless of age, should only use medicine under adult supervision.
When your kids are ready for this lesson, start by teaching them how to read medicine labels.
For prescription medicines, help your child understand that it's important to use the
medicine exactly as the doctor directed, like how much to take and when to take it.
For example, some medicines must be taken with food.
Others at bedtime.
For over the counter medicine, read the Drug Facts label together, and explain the information
that helps you choose the right medicine and explains how to use it safely.
Be sure to point out the ingredients and explain that taking more than one medicine at a time
can be very dangerous, because two different medicines may contain some of the same ingredients.
If taken together, the medicines might not work, or could even cause an overdose.
For liquid medicines, show your pre-teen how to measure the correct dose by using the measuring
tool that came with the medicine.
This tool may be a special cup, spoon or syringe.
Explain that other tools that are not meant for medicine, like spoons for cooking and
eating, could give a dose that is too high or too low.
For more tips on teaching older kids about medicine safety, visit fda.gov/medsinmyhome
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Teaching Kids About Using Medicine Safely

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Eunice Lin published on August 14, 2020
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