Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Check your medicine cabinet

From the Saskatoon Star Phoenix:
It's the middle of the night when your bedroom door creaks open. Here it comes: "Mommy, I don't feel good."

Whatever ailment has wakened your child, getting a fix on it is easier when you keep a few kid-friendly remedies stocked in your medicine cabinet. It's often dependent on what kids are already prone to -- pharmacist Margaret Leenders has kids with sensitive skin, so hydrocortisone cream is a must.

Adult medicine is "a really big no-no" unless parents are extremely well versed in translating milligrams into child-size doses, warns physician Mark Sherman. Children need much smaller doses due to their size but also because they metabolize drugs differently. ...more

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