Self-medication: which medicines?

Self-medication: which medicines?

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What medications can you give to your toddler without going through the pediatrician or doctor box? What are the rules for self-medication and what is the role of the pharmacist. We take stock.

  • In reality, there are quite a few drugs that you can give to your child on your own initiative. Paracetamol, in case of poorly supported fever or pain, but not aspirin or ibuprofen. Saline to clean the nose if it has a rhino. Oral rehydration fluids if he has loose stools. Suppositories with glycerine if constipated. And the list stops there!
  • With these "basics", you will never risk your child. Provided, of course, to respect the doses and to have checked that the expiry date was not exceeded. Also, be sure to keep your medication safe from light, heat, and moisture to prevent deterioration. If your medicine cabinet is high and locked, it's better: it will prevent a little curious come to search!

The pharmacist, he is good advice

  • Your child is wicked, he has a little fever, a big cold and you hesitate to pick up your phone to make an appointment with the pediatrician or the doctor? Do not stay indecisive and push the door of your pharmacist! This health professional will probably advise you to give him paracetamol. And as his job is to know the drugs on the fingertips, it will remind you precisely the doses to use according to the weight of your child.
  • Probably will you also sell physiological saline to clean his little nose. But above all, depending on the symptoms you describe, he will tell you if a consultation seems relevant or even urgent.

Isabelle Gravillon

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