Medicines

It's important for you to know as much as you can about any medicines your child is taking. Make sure you know why your child needs the medicine; when and how much to give; possible side-effects and what to do if you forget a dose or give too much. You might like to check the medication safety tips for parents

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Paracetamol (Pamol, Panadol) is a medicine to help reduce pain. Too much can be dangerous. Keep all medicines in a locked or latched cupboard.

Information about the use of ibuprofen to reduce mild or moderate pain and inflammation. This might be after an injury, or due to a long term condition such as juvenile arthritis.

Laxatives are medications that help the body to get rid of poo. They are a standard and essential part of the treatment of constipation and have been shown to speed up improvement better than dietary changes alone.

It is important for you know about any medicines your child is taking. It’s also important that your child knows about them too. This can help prevent errors occurring with medicines.

Many parents consider using complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) approaches for their children but there are some important things that you should think about before you use CAM approaches for your child.

Information about the use of amitriptyline for the treatment of neuropathic pain (pain caused by nerve damage).

Information about the use of baclofen for severe muscle spasm (spasticity). This may be due to cerebral palsy or other conditions that affect the brain or spinal cord.

Information about the use of clobazam to prevent epileptic seizures. (Seizures may also be called convulsions or fits.)

Information about the use of clonazepam to prevent epileptic seizures. (Seizures may also be called convulsions or fits.)

Information about the use of ferrous fumarate, which is a form of iron, for the prevention or treatment of iron-deficiency anaemia.

Information about the use of ferrous sulfate (ferrous sulphate), which is a form of iron, for treatment or prevention of iron-deficiency anaemia.

This medication was first made to help control some types of epileptic seizures. Gabapentin has since been found to be effective for some types of pain.
Information for parents and carers about the use of lactulose for constipation in children.

Information about the use of lamotrigine to prevent epileptic seizures. (Seizures may also be called convulsions or fits.)

Information for parents and carers about the use of macrogol for constipation in children.
Information about the use of methylphenidate (such as Ritalin) for ADHD. Treatment with medicines is part of a comprehensive treatment programme for ADHD that includes behavioural therapy.

A morphine infusion is pain relieving medicine given continuously through a pump. It's usually given after an operation but can sometimes be used to manage pain that results from a medical condition.

You may know this gas as happy gas or laughing gas. It is a sweet smelling, colourless gas used to ease pain and anxiety. This gas is safe for use in children and there are no long-term side effects.
Information about the use of omeprazole for reflux (gastro-oesophageal reflux disease or GORD).
Information about the use of oral (by mouth) carbamazepine to prevent epileptic seizures (seizures may also be called convulsions or fits).

Information about the use of phenobarbital to prevent epileptic seizures. (Seizures may also be called convulsions or fits.)

Information about the use of phenytoin to prevent epileptic seizures. (Seizures may also be called convulsions or fits).

Information for parents and carers about the use of senna for constipation in children.
Information for parents and carers about the use of sodium picosulfate for constipation in children.

Information about the use of sodium valproate to prevent epileptic seizures. (Seizures may also be called convulsions or fits).

Topiramate is most commonly used for the treatment of certain types of epileptic seizures. It has since been found to be effective for certain types of pain, including migraine pain and nerve pain.