Many children’s medicines come in liquid form. Liquid medicines are easier to swallow than pills. But they must be used the right way.

There are 2 types of liquid medicines:

All OTC medicines have the same kind of label. The label gives important information about the medicine. It says what it is for, how to use it, what is in it, and what to watch out for. Look on the box or bottle, where it says “Drug Facts.”

Check the chart on the label to see how much medicine to give. If you know your child’s weight, use that first. If not, go by age. Check the label to make sure it is safe for infants and toddlers younger than 6 years. If you are not sure, ask your child’s doctor.

Your child’s doctor may prescribe a liquid medicine. These medicines will have a different label than OTC medicines. Always...

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