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With cold and flu season officially here, parents are doing their best to help their kids when they’re not feeling well, which often means giving them over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to help relieve their symptoms. But according to a recent National Institutes of Health study, 8 out of 10 parents report they have given the wrong dose of liquid medicine to their children at some point by accident. With that in mind,, a trusted online resource of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association Educational Foundation, wants to help educate and remind parents and caregivers how to safely administer OTC liquid medicines.

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1. Before you give your child medicine, always read and follow the directions provided on the Drug Facts label.

2. Be sure to use the dosing or measuring device that comes with the medicine.

3. Do not use a common kitchen spoon to measure as they are not meant for measuring medicines.

4. Never give two medicines at the same time that contain the same active ingredient.

5. Always speak with your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns.

In a recent study, discovered that one in four parents of young children don’t believe OTC medicines are strong enough to require precise dosing and one in five parents of young children believe using a household spoon is okay for measuring OTC medicines. So, before you give your child OTC medicines this cold and flu season, be precise with the right device.

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