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Alimentary System

Alimentary System

Some common drugs are not suitable for children or pregnant women. They should be taken with caution and under Doctor's prescription. Here is a guide on some drugs and their contra indications. Read on.


Products: Ranitidine, Famotidine
For Children: Not recommended
For Pregnant Women: Caution - use only if clearly indicated
For Breastfeeding Mothers: Contra-indicated
Contra-indications*: Hypersensitivity
Caution: -----

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Product: Sulfasolazin
For Children: Not recommended under 2 years
For Pregnant Women: Caution - use only if clearly indicated
For Breastfeeding Mothers: Not recommended
Contra-indications*: Hypersensitivity to sulfas or salicylates
Caution: -------

*Not to be used in the conditions stated, because it could cause complications

Alimentary System of Children

Alimentary system or digestive system of children is still in the process of development. Therefore, right care must be taken before including anything in their diet. Heat inducing foods and foods having natural laxatives must be included in their diet in moderation. If such foods are consumed by them excessively, their digestive system may not be able to handle it. In this case child may suffer from issues like diarrhoea. It is very important be cautious especially while giving any over-the-counter medicine to them. Giving over-the-counter medicine without consulting a doctor is a strict no.

Side Effects of Medicines on Children’s Health

Medicines that are prescribed by doctors are useful in treating health ailments in children but some medicines can also cause side-effects. Dizziness, sleepiness, rashes on skin etc. are some of the common side effects that can be caused due to certain medicines. The symptoms of these side effects may appear immediately after its consumption or may be after a couple days or weeks. These types of side-effects are known as ‘adverse drug reactions’.

Why it is not safe to give over-the-counter drugs to children?

According to FDA it is not safe to give over-the-counter drugs to children, especially to the children who are less than 2 years old. Usually, over-the-counter drugs are used to deal with common problems like cold, cough and fever. However, given such drugs to children is not useful even to deal with the common problems. On the other hand given such drugs to children may cause life threatening complications in them.

Is it safe to give over-the-counter medicines to older children?

Over-the-counter medicines should not be given to children who are less than 4 years old. It can be given to the children who are above the age of 5 years for minor problems like cold only in case of clear diagnosis and that too for not more than 2 to 3 days. But, to be on a safer, it is a must to consult a paediatrician before giving any kind of such medicine to even to children. 

What are the effects of over dose of medicines in children? 

It is necessary to be careful not only in case of over-the-counter medicines but also in case of the medicines prescribed by a doctor for children. Over dose of medicines can also prove harmful to children. Overdose of some medicines can even cause harm to the delicate organs of the child. Therefore, it is a must to give the medicine to children exactly according to the dosage prescribed by the doctor. Many experts suggest that medicines should not be given to small infants and children at all. Home remedies can be tried in order to provide relief to them for common problems after consulting a doctor.

Is it safe to give vitamin supplements to children?

Vitamin supplements are not required at all if children are healthy. Initially, children must be encouraged to eat nutrient rich foods. Including foods from all groups in the diet of children is very necessary. Green vegetables, fruits and dairy products are very important in order to boost their growth and development. In case if still the weight gain in inadequate and child is showing symptoms of vitamin deficiency and poor health, you must consult your doctor.   Your doctor is the right person to prescribe the right kind of vitamin supplement to your child.

If you want your child to live a healthy life, you must never ever give any medicine to her which is not prescribed by your doctor. Even if the medicine is prescribed by the doctor, make a note of the expiry date and other cautions mentioned of the pack of medicine before giving it to your child.

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Prithak.6 years ago
nice is great to know the medications that should be avoided
Rakesh Shrestha.6 years ago
what are the alternatives of these medicines for children?
Kabir.9 years ago
can anyone tell me what are the complications????
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