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(HealthDay News) -- Even over-the-counter medicine can hurt your child if given incorrectly.
The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this advice when giving your child an over-the-counter medication:
Always read the drug's label and make sure you understand it.
Use a medication that treats only the symptoms your child has.
Carefully read the label, looking for any special instructions or the names of other medications that might negatively interact with the one you're giving.
Make sure all caregivers know how much medication your child needs, and how and when to give it.
Keep a medication in its original packaging, so that you have easy access to the label and expiration date.
Store any medication safely out of a young child's reach.
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