MANAGING A SICK CHILD
- AAP’s Symptom Checker – If you need to give medicines, please see SICK CHILD MEDICINE DOSAGE below.
SICK CHILD – MEDICINE DOSAGE
Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Feverall, Paracetamol) is available without a prescription. Children over 2 months of age can be given acetaminophen. Give the correct dosage for your child’s weight every 4-6 hours, as needed for fever or pain. No more than 5 doses in 24 hours.
Suppositories: Acetaminophen is also available as a rectal suppository in 120-mg, 325-mg, and 650-mg dosages. Suppositories are useful if a child with a fever is unable to take oral medication.
Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) is available without a prescription. Children over 6 months of age can be given ibuprofen. Give the correct dosage for your child’s weight every 6-8 hours, as needed.
Alternating or Combining Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen
Combining acetaminophen and ibuprofen is not recommended. Combining can cause confusion, dosage errors, and poisoning. Also, it is usually not important to control a fever that closely. However, if instructed by your health care provider to alternate acetaminophen and ibuprofen, do it as follows:
- Alternate doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen every 4 hours
- Alternate medicines for only 24 hours or less, then return to a single product.
Children (through age 21 years) should not take aspirin if they have chickenpox or influenza (any cold, cough, or sore throat symptoms). This recommendation is based on several studies that have linked aspirin to Reye’s Syndrome, a severe encephalitis-like illness.
KEEP ALL MEDICATIONS OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN. In case of accidental ingestion call POISON CONTROL
PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ORGANIZATIONS:
MEDICAL RESOURCES ON THE WEB
- Pediatrician’s guide to your children’s health and safety
- Kids Health
- Medical resource used by doctors
- Medical Conditions and Ailments in Babies
- Medical Conditions and Ailments in Children
- Medical Conditions and Ailments in Teenagers
- AMA’s Adolescent Health
- The AWARE Foundation – AWARE (Adolescent Wellness through Access to Resources and Education) includes lists of support hotlines for teens to call for help with mental health, sexual abuse, eating disorders, suicide, STD, emergency contraception, and more
- CDC’s Adolescent Health
- I Wanna Know – This sites aims to teach kids about sexually transmitted diseases before they learn the hard way
- Teen Growth – Unlike many other “teen health” sites this one has a medical advisory board of pediatricians
- Planned Parenthood
- Teens Health (Nemours Foundation)
- Uniquely Girl (Adolescent information)
ALLERGY, ASTHMA, & IMMUNOLOGY
- The Anti-Cancer Diet: Cancer Nutrition Tips and Cancer-Fighting Foods
- Development – Links to state, regional, and local early intervention and testing services
- Head Start Programs
- Development focus on the first three years of life
- The Whole Child, a PBS website featuring articles, ideas for activities, reading lists, forums
- US Dept. of Health & Human Services
- Best Bones Forever
MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry –assisting parents and families in understanding developmental, behavioral, emotional and mental disorders affecting children and adolescents
- American Association of Suicidology – Dedicated to the Understanding and Prevention of Suicide
- Conjunctivitis/ Pink Eye information
- The American Academy of Ophthalmology – Providing authoritative information about eyecare for the public and members
- Prevent Blindness America – With sections on fireworks, sports, eyewear, and kids’ safety measures
SUBSTANCE ABUSE (Tobacco, Alcohol, Drug Abuse)
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