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Ramadan and medicines

10 July 2013

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and a time when many Muslims will fast between the hours of sunrise and sunset.

Some children and young people may therefore choose not to take medicines during this period. These usually include medicines taken by mouth (such as tablets, capsules and liquid medicines), through the nose and rectally (in the bottom). 

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Calling all parents and carers

20 June 2013

We are always looking for parents and carers based in the UK to help us review our leaflets and the website. We need your help to make sure that our information is helpful and easy to understand. You don’t need any experience. It won’t take up too much of your time, and you can volunteer from home.

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New website for parents about child pain

30 May 2013

Some children who have had day case surgery have pain and this can be worrying for their parents. My child is in pain is a new online resource for parents and carers with useful and practical information to learn about how to help their child.

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NHS Change Day

15 March 2013

NHS Change Day is: "One day during which the collective energy, creativity and ideas of thousands of NHS staff, and those who support the NHS, in all areas of work and  right across the country, will demonstrate how one simple action or new idea can make a difference and improve care for patients,  their families and their carers."

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New medicines leaflets

4 March 2013

We have recently published some new leaflets:

  • ferrous sulfate for iron deficiency anaemia
  • loperamide for diarrhoea
  • mebendazole for worm infections
  • nifedipine for increased blood pressure

We have made a small update to our leaflet on melatonin for sleep disorders.

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Reporting side-effects

13 February 2013

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and pharmacy organisations are encouraging the public to let them know about any side-effects from medicines. The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report these. 

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For healthcare professionals and stakeholders

8 February 2013

Two flyers introducing Medicines for Children to parents and carers and to healthcare professionals are available to download from the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health website.

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A look back to 2012

24 December 2012

We thought we’d share some key highlights of the last year for Medicines for Children.

• In December 2011 we launch our updated website – tested by parents and with a brand new logo, it hosts our expanding range of medicines leaflets plus new information and short films about how to give medicines for children, family stories and news items.

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New medicines leaflets

21 December 2012

Our newest leaflets are:

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Vitamin D campaign

18 December 2012

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that helps build healthy, strong bones.

But children’s doctors are warning that a quarter of children are affected by a vitamin D deficiency.

Research suggests that low levels of vitamin D is resulting in in higher numbers of diabetes, tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis and rickets -  a bone disease uncommon in the UK since the 19th century.

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