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✓ Only pae­di­atric an­tibi­otics should be pre­scribed for chil­dren. Th­ese are mixed into a syrup and should be kept in the fridge and out of di­rect sun­light. Do not let it freeze. Throw out what’s left over af­ter 14 days.

✓ The doc­tor/phar­ma­cist should ask about fam­ily al­ler­gies to peni­cillin. Par­ents should be warned about side­ef­fects and what to look out for.

✓ The pre­scrip­tion should take the child’s age and weight into ac­count

✓ The script should show the strength of the medicine, the dosage and how often it should be given. Pae­di­atric an­tibi­otics are usu­ally flavoured syrups and come with a 5ml spoon for older chil­dren. Only give the dose pre­scribed. For younger chil­dren, a sy­ringe is eas­ier to use and more ac­cu­rate.

✓ Check whether the medicine should be given be­fore or af­ter feeds. Medicines should not be added to bot­tles or feeds. This is be­cause if the baby doesn’t fin­ish his feed, he will not get the full dose of medicine.

✓ Keep all medicines where the child can’t reach them

✓ A pro­bi­otic (such as lac­to­bacil­lus bi­fidus) or pure plain yo­gurt should be given with an­tibi­otics to pre­vent an­tibi­otic-in­duced di­ar­rhoea

✓ It is im­por­tant to give your child his an­tibi­otics reg­u­larly and not only when you re­mem­ber. This is be­cause the an­tibi­otic be­comes less ef­fec­tive over time as it be­comes less con­cen­trated in the blood. The longer the an­tibi­otic is in­ef­fec­tive, the more the bac­te­ria will have the op­por­tu­nity to strengthen and start mul­ti­ply­ing.

✓ If you miss a dose, don’t dou­ble-dose. Re­sume the reg­u­lar dosage sched­ule. Phone your doc­tor or phar­ma­cist if you are wor­ried.

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