Babies can have serious effects to different medicines, and for that reason every parent should know which medicines they can and cannot give their baby. Always check to see what the medicine consists of, and what the possible side effects can be. Below are some of the most dangerous medicines for your baby.
Never, ever give your child any medicine that contains aspirin without consulting with your doctor first. Aspirin is said to make infants and very young children susceptible to Reye’s syndrome. Even though rare, this is a possibly life threatening illness that your little one can contract while recovering from a viral infection such as the flu or chicken pox.
Because it is so uncommon, Reye’s syndrome is often wrongly diagnosed as sudden infant death syndrome, meningitis or encephalitis
Additionally there is always a possibility – even if small – that giving your baby aspirin could lead to liver damage.
Breastfeeding moms should also stay away from medicines containing aspirin, as it is passed to your baby during breastfeeding.
Rather use infant ibuprofen or paracetemol, but even then parents need to check that infant medication doesn’t contain any aspirin, as some do. Look out for the words salicylate or acetylsalicylic acid, which are other words used to refer to aspirin.
Do not give your child any anti-nausea medicine unless instructed to do so by your doctor. Most bouts of vomiting that your child will go through will only be for a short space of time, and your child should be able to handle this well naturally. What you should remember is to keep your baby well hydrated. Ask your doctor on how to do this.
Only use antihistamines if told to do so by your doctor. Antihistamines such as promethazine have been known to suppress breathing in very young infants.
Cortisone syrup such as prednisolone, are usually used to treat croup, and asthma, but they can suppress the immune system. Only use these if your doctor instructs you to.
Meds meant for adults or prescribed to someone else
Never give your child medicine meant for adults or prescribed to anyone else. This can lead to an overdose. If the box does not indicate dosage that is appropriate for your baby’s age, than the medicine is not meant for babies. Only give your baby medicine that has been prescribed for her, for her current condition.
Chewables pose as an obvious choking hazard for babies, and should be avoided. Only children who can chew and swallow properly can take these.
Always check to see that all medicine in your medicine cabinet has not expired. Medicines that are past their date are ineffective and can even be dangerous. Also get rid of medicines that have changed colour, or look different from when they were first purchased. Also make sure that you throw the medicine in the outside bin, where your other younger children can’t reach.
Double dose of paracetemol
Always make sure that you are not double dosing your child on paracetemol. Flu, cough and pain medicines all contain paracetemol and you should always check that you are not doubling up.
Even medicines with children and babies on the, may not necessarily be suited for babies. That is why you should always ask your doctor for direction when buying medicine for your baby.
If your baby spits up her medicine, only give your baby an extra half dose, if that was immediately. Is she spits up after a few seconds, rather don’t give more medicine.
Even “herbal” medicines need to be administered with caution. Be aware of possible side effects and speak to your doctor.