What are you looking for today?
Our vision is that any parent or carer, wherever they are, has information on their child’s medicines that they can trust.
What we offer
Our medicines information pages cover many of the medicines that are prescribed or recommended for children by health professionals. They answer frequent questions, such as how and when to give the medicine, what to do if you forget to give the medicine, and any possible side-effects.
You can also read information or watch our short videos about giving different types of medicines, including tablets, capsules, liquid medicine, inhalers, eye drops/ointment and ear drops.
Who are we?
Medicines for Children is a partnership programme of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group (NPPG) and WellChild. Read more about us and our work.
New safety measures in place for prescribing oral isotretinoin (roaccutane) for severe acne
The UK government have launched a strengthened set of safety measures for the prescribing of a medicine used to used to treat severe acne. These measures include additional safeguards when prescribing isotretinoin to patients under 18 years old, along with closer monitoring of a patient’s mental health and sexual well-being during treatment.
World Patient Safety Day – Sunday 17th September 2023
World Patient Safety Day this year is focussed on the importance of engaging patients for patient safety. This is in recognition of the essential role that patients, families and caregivers can play by becoming active members of the health care team. When engaged and treated as partners in care, significant gains are made in safety and health outcomes, and there are improvements in patient satisfaction and the functioning of the health care system as a whole.
Medicines QR code posters update
Since launching our first QR code posters at the end of 2022, they have grown in popularity and have led to many requests for more to be developed. These posters enable quick access to our medicines information and are available to download and print out for parents and carers to use in clinic or hospital settings.