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Children's Medicines

What Every Parent, Grandparent, and Teacher Needs to Know

Edward A. Bell, PharmD, BCPS

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An indispensable guide to children’s medications that belongs on the bookshelf of every parent, grandparent, and teacher.

Most parents have worried about the side effects and possible long-term consequences of administering a particular medication to their child. The medication may be available over-the-counter, like cough syrup, or it may be prescribed by a doctor, like an antibiotic. Parents want to know: Is the medication safe? Is it effective? Will it help my child?

A pediatric pharmacist for nearly thirty years, Edward A. Bell has spent his career listening carefully to parents' concerns…

An indispensable guide to children’s medications that belongs on the bookshelf of every parent, grandparent, and teacher.

Most parents have worried about the side effects and possible long-term consequences of administering a particular medication to their child. The medication may be available over-the-counter, like cough syrup, or it may be prescribed by a doctor, like an antibiotic. Parents want to know: Is the medication safe? Is it effective? Will it help my child?

A pediatric pharmacist for nearly thirty years, Edward A. Bell has spent his career listening carefully to parents' concerns. In Children's Medicines, Bell draws on the latest scientific information, coupled with his experience in hospital and clinic settings, as a university professor, and as a parent, to answer questions about whether, when, and what medications to give to infants, children, and teenagers. Bell touches on practical issues of medication administration and explores areas of particular concern for parents.

Inside the book, readers will find
• information to help parents weigh the benefits and risks of medicines
• an explanation of why some adult medications are not safe for children
• descriptions of medicine for treating fever and common illnesses
• practical tips on measuring, flavoring, and administering medicines
• directions for giving medicine in the mouth, the nose, the ear, and the eye
• advice for keeping children of any age safe around medications
• facts about vaccinations: how they work, which ones are recommended, and their safety
• a guide to the FDA's approval process for use of medicines by children
• information about drug pricing, expiration dates, and storing medicine at home
• a chapter on ADHD and the treatment of adolescent depression that takes into account the long-term side effects of antidepressants
• details about the use of herbal and complementary therapies, including probiotics and vitamins
• a discussion of over-the-counter cough/cold products
• information on which websites to use for accurate medical and drug information

Full of information helpful to parents, grandparents, and others who provide care for children, Children's Medicines is a reliable and insightful guide to how drugs for children of all ages are prescribed and used.

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[Children's Medicines] provides information and insights in a concise and informative way that will support obtaining the knowledge required and skills needed to more comfortable in making decisions on the role and use of medicines for your children

An invaluable, well-referenced, and reliable guide for any family that has—or is expecting to have—children. Written in down-to-earth language and dealing with the common problems of childhood, this book is a must for every family.

Parents who worry about whether medications are safe for their children get expert reassurance from the pediatric pharmacist who wrote this guide... This well-researched book... could save lives.

Easy-to-use and very useful... This is a must-have book for parents.

With ample sidebars and illustrations, Bell's title belongs right next to the medicine cabinet.

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Available
Trim Size
5.5
x
8.5
Pages
160
ISBN
9781421423753
Illustration Description
1 line drawing
Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1. The Science of Medicines for Children
Chapter 2. The Art and Practicality of Giving Medicine to Children
Chapter 3. Over-the-Counter, Herbal, Supplement, and Vitamin Products
Chapter

Preface
Chapter 1. The Science of Medicines for Children
Chapter 2. The Art and Practicality of Giving Medicine to Children
Chapter 3. Over-the-Counter, Herbal, Supplement, and Vitamin Products
Chapter 4. Medicines Used to Treat Depression and Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder
Chapter 5. Vaccines
Chapter 6. Getting Reliable Information about Medicines: The Internet and Your Pharmacist
Appendixes
A. Maternal Medications and Breastfeeding
B. Giving Medicine in Your Child's Nose, Ear, and Eye
References
Index

Author Bio
Edward A. Bell, PharmD, BCPS
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Edward A. Bell, PharmD, BCPS

Edward A. Bell is a pediatric pharmacist and a professor of clinical sciences at Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Blank Children's Hospital and Clinics, Des Moines, Iowa. He is the author of a monthly column on pediatric medicines for the journal Infectious Diseases in Children.