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12 December 2011
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A new website and expanding information service for parents called Medicines for Children is launched today to help any parent who has ever been anxious when faced with giving medicine to their child at home.

Medicines for Children currently provides online or printed leaflets giving free, practical and reliable information on over 100 key medicines and answering the questions which commonly concern parents, such as how and when to give medicine to their children, what is the right dose and what the possible side effects might be.  

The information is written and reviewed by children’s doctors, pharmacists and parents and carers with real experience of the concerns and issues parents face when giving a child medicine at home. Information on more medicines is in production and suggestions from parents and professionals on topics not yet covered are welcome - and you can get in touch via our Contact page.

Although every medicine comes with a patient information leaflet written by the company which makes the drug, they commonly fail to address the specific concerns parents have about the medicine and their child. These leaflets often only cover giving the medicine to an adult and may include complicated information. 

Medicines for Children was developed by a partnership of experts from the national children’s charity, WellChild, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), and the Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group (NPPG) who came together to address evidence about how worried parents can become over the dangerous consequences of making a mistake when giving a child medication at home.