Medicine and Your Baby – The Ten Items You Absolutely Cannot Give Them

List: Posted: 03/18/11

As a parent or guardian, you may already understand that babies cannot receive the same kinds of medicine as adults, kids, or even toddlers at the age of two. This has to do with their developmental processes and the potency of medicine packaged for people of certain sizes and body weights.

 

What you may not already know is that a breastfeeding mother must view the medicine that she takes in the same manner; meaning that she must not consume certain medications because she passes them on to the baby through her milk.

 

Additionally, the advent of transdermal sprays and medicated patches means that parents, grandparents and child care providers must pay close attention to the medicine that they might inadvertently pass on to a baby through simple skin contact.

 

The list of medicine that must never be given to a child through direct oral dosages, via breast milk from a mother using a medication, or by contact with an adult using a transdermal spray includes: aspirin, Codeine, cold medicines, strong pharmaceuticals such as cancer medications, adult formulated medicine, all vitamins, the once popular breastfeeding medication known as Domperidone, and any medicine past its expiration date.

 

A final thing to consider where medicine and a baby are concerned is the use of formulations marked as safe for babies. You must remain within the dosage guidelines if a baby pain reliever is to remain safe. There are many emergency room stories of parents thinking it would be alright to give double doses of pain reliever to their crying baby, but that is definitely not the case. All medicines should be scrutinized for safety and used precisely according to the directions.

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