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Using Liquid Medicines Safely

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Many children's medicines come in liquid form, for a couple reasons: they are easier to swallow than pills and they taste better. But they must be used the right way.
Air Date: 1/29/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Preeti Parikh, MD
Dr Preeti Parikh resizedDr. Preeti Parikh is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine , she practices in NYC at Pediatrics of New York, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and an AAP Spokesperson. Dr. Parikh also serves as the Medical Director of Programming at HealthiNation.com and is a contributor to thebump.com and has a column in Multiplicity magazine. She has a special interest in preventive medicine, advocacy and patient education. Her goal is to empower both parents and children with the right knowledge and tools to achieve their optimal health. She enjoys her free time with her husband and wonderful twin children.
Using Liquid Medicines Safely
Many children's medicines come in liquid form, for a couple of reasons: they are easier to swallow than pills, and they taste better.

But they must be used the right way.

There are many ways that parents and caregivers can get it wrong where liquid meds are concerned.

One example is infant drops. Infant drops are stronger than the syrup used for toddlers.

Parents may make the mistake of giving higher doses of infant drops to a toddler, thinking the drops are not as strong.

It's imperative that the medicine you give your child is right for his or her weight and age.

These and many more tips about liquid medication are covered with special guest, Dr. Preeti Parikh, MD.
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