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Take Care With Baby Medications

Sep 12, 2008
If you baby is sick and needs medication, it's critical that you only administer the exact dosage prescribed by the physician. While adults and older children might be able to get away with doses that are 'close enough' this is very risky for a baby.

With a small baby, it's essential that you pay attention to the dosage, since even a minor variation in the dosage can have a considerable impact on the outcome. Incremental changes in the weight of your little one can greatly impact the dosage of medication prescribed by your physician.

It's important to use the measuring device that came with the medication in order to administer the correct dosage. If one isn't supplied make sure that you buy an accurate dosage measure that you can rely on.

Don't give doses based on a teaspoon, as the size of teaspoons can vary greatly. This can greatly increase the risk of administering more medication than is necessary or safe for your baby. In the worst case scenario, an imprecise dosage of medication could negatively impact your baby's health instead of helping him.

It's important that you don't try to decide by yourself how much medication to give your little one. You might be putting your baby's health at risk and not even know it. Check with your baby's physician if you're uncertain.

Many parents are turning to natural remedies for their children, but it's important to keep in mind that these can affect a baby quite differently. Even though they are natural, they might not be completely safe for your baby. Natural remedies will affect your baby much differently than they would a grownup, and might even cause severe health problems.

Sadly, those who sell these natural remedies aren't always knowledgeable enough about the effects of the products and their advice could be unreliable. All too often, they are unknowingly risking the health of the individual who uses the product. Remember, it's important to consult with a medical professional before trying out natural remedies on your baby.

In the early stages of your baby's development it is best to rely on trusted medical practitioners. A baby can get to a critical stage of sickness very rapidly. Don't take the chance of administering medications that might harm your baby's health.
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If you have a new baby in the house, you'll want to check out more of Ashley King's aricles at Best Baby Advice, where you'll find lots of helpful information on baby care and feeding, safety, health and more.
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