When it comes to children's health, you can't be too careful. Over-the-counter medications are indispensable to many families throughout the cold and flu season. But if parents aren't careful, they can inadvertently harm the kids in their care. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association is a wonderful resource for parents who want to make sure they are using OTC cold and flu medicine properly. Watch the video and take note of the tips below!

General Tips for Using OTC Cold and Flu Medications

  • Always read and follow the label.
  • Do not use oral cough and cold medicines in children under the age of four.
  • Always give the recommended dose and use the correct measuring device. Never use longer than the label instructs or at higher doses, unless your doctor specifically tells you to do so.
  • Only use the medicine that treats your child's specific symptoms.
  • Never give two medicines with any of the same active ingredients.
  • Never use cough, cold, or allergy medicines to sedate your child.
  • Never give aspirin-containing products to children and adolescents for cold or flu symptoms unless told to do so by a doctor.
  • Do not give a medicine only intended for adults to a child.
  • Stop use and contact your doctor immediately if your child develops any side effects or reactions that concern you.
  • Keep all medicines and vitamins out of your child's reach and sight.
  • Consult a doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider with any questions.

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