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Medical Dosing

When a child is sick, parents typically have their hands full. In addition tending to your child’s every need and giving him/her some extra TLC, there’s also the anxiety of safely giving them certain medications, knowing that some medications and incorrect dosages can cause serious side effects. However, with a little knowledge and a lot of double-checking, you can give your kids medicine safely and prevent dangerous reactions.

Not all children’s illnesses have to be treated with medication. So it might be worth first considering whether treatment is really needed. Children, and particularly infants, differ from adults in their response to drugs. Special care is needed in ensuring the drug prescribed is appropriate and that the correct dosage is given. It is important to always check with the doctor if you’re unsure whether symptoms require treatment with medication.

For assistance calculating dosages of common medications for your child, please visit the links below:

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Dosage Chart

Ibuprofen (Advil)

Cetirizine (Zyrtec) Dosage Chart (or substitute Claritin (Loratadine) at same dosage)

Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) Dosage Chart

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