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.
Paracetamol is a medicine to help reduce pain. Too much paracetamol can harm your child. Always measure doses exactly and check the strength - there are different strengths. There have also been recent changes in the funded brands of paracetamol.
There are different types of medicines to treat asthma in tamariki. The medicines your child needs will depend on their symptoms and how often they get them. Ask your doctor to fill out an asthma action plan for your child so you know what medicines they need to take and when.
Sleep problems are common in children. In most children, healthy sleep habits will sort out their sleep problems. If your child does need more help, using a medicine such as melatonin will work better if healthy sleep habits are in place.
A morphine infusion is pain relieving medicine your child receives continuously through a pump. Children usually have it after an operation but can sometimes have it to manage pain that results from a medical condition.