Medication Refill for Children: Care Instructions

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Medicines are a big part of treating many health problems. So it can be upsetting to run out of your child's medicine. It may even be harmful to stop a medicine all at once. If you were given a prescription for your child during a hospital or emergency room visit, the doctor may have given you enough medicine to help until you can see your child's regular doctor.

Sometimes it can take the pharmacy longer than you expect to make or get your child's order ready. Keep this information in mind when you are figuring out when to get a refill.

The doctor has checked your child carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.

Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.

How can you care for your child at home?

  • Be safe with medicines. Have your child take medicines exactly as prescribed.
  • Know when you will run out of your child's medicine. Use a calendar to remind you to get a refill. Don't wait until you have just a few doses left.
  • Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about your child's medicine. Find out what to do if your child misses a dose. And ask what to do if your child spits it out or vomits it. They can also give you tips if you have trouble getting your child to take the medicine.

When should you call for help?

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • Your child has any problems with the medicine.

Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor if your child doesn't get better as expected.

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