The Medicine Cabinet

Keep the following in your medicine cabinet:

  • Ibuprofen or acetaminophen. For fever and the relief of pain.
  • Syrup of ipecac. Induces vomiting if a child swallows pills or anything potentially poisonous. Only give syrup of ipecac on the advice of a doctor.

Caution: Never administer ipecac without advice from an emergency department or poison centre. It can be harmful if the poison is an irritating substance.

  • Auralgin ear drops. This is an effective method for relieving the pain of an inflamed ear drum, one of the most severe pains children will ever experience.
  • Anti-nausea medication. Useful for upset stomachs and travel sickness.

Caution: Do not use anti-nausea medication for the vomiting of gastro-enteritis unless your doctor says so. It makes some children drowsy and then it is more difficult to tell how sick the child is. As well, the child may become too sleepy to drink.

Important: Any medication can be dangerous to a child if taken in excess. Protect your child from the risk of poisoning. Keep medications in childproof containers and store them (and other dangerous substances) out of reach or locked up. BCCE

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