Your Child's Medications
It is important to know your child’s medications. If the medications given to your child are not familiar, alert the doctor or nurse. In addition:
Make sure that all of your child’s doctors know the medications and supplements that your child had been taking at the time of hospitalization. These include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, as well as dietary supplements, such as vitamins and herbs.
- Tell your child’s doctor and nurse about any allergies and/or adverse reactions your child has had to medications.
- When your child’s doctor writes a prescription, make sure you can read it and know what the medication is for, how it is used, and what reactions you might expect.
- Ask for information about your child’s medicines in terms you can understand when the medicines are prescribed and when you receive them.
- When your child is being discharged from the Hospital, ask the doctor or nurse to explain the treatment plan you will follow at home.
- In terms of medication safety, parents should also speak with the doctor about the child’s usual diet, as certain foods interact with medications and, in some cases, should not be eaten.
You may find it helpful to keep a list of your child’s medications with you at all times. You may want to a chart to keep track of your child’s prescription and over-the-counter medications —especially since the medications your child was taking before coming to the Hospital may now change as a result of admission.