Common Medicines for Children

The links on this page deal with common medicines for children - information is given on usage, dosage and side effects.

The medicines used in babies and toddlers are presented alphabetically by:

Any medication may have side effects and generally, you should only give medications to children if the benefits outweigh any risks from taking the medication.

If your child is prescribed medications from his doctor it is very important that you follow the directions fully and complete the course of medication. If you feel your child is having an adverse reaction to the medication, then you need to inform the doctor that prescribed it.

Over the-counter-medications for children and alternative therapies such as herbal medication can also have adverse effects and may interfere with the actions of medicines prescribed by your doctor. It is very important that you tell your doctor if your child is having any over-the-counter medicines or any herbal or other alternative remedies.

Further information on medication in children can be obtained from the UK Medicines for Children - click here (opens in a new page).

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To go to Medicines for Children website, click here - there is lots of really useful information and leaflets to download on this site

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Last reviewed 2 April 2011

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