Parents wrongly using drugs on children
Two-thirds of parents may be inappropriately using over-the-counter pain-relieving medicines they buy for their children, according to a new study.
Some were giving medicine to help the child sleep on a long car journey, even though the medicines were of no use in such circumstances.
It found that despite the fact that 90pc of parents bought the medicines from chemists, only a quarter consulted the pharmacist on how it should be used and 14pc did not routinely look at the label.
More than half said they would use the incorrect medicine for a particular symptom – including giving it orally to a child who was vomiting.
They would use suppositories when a child had diarrhoea, the findings in the 'Irish Medical Journal' revealed.