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Do I give my children Medicine??
That is always the big question. Are they sick enough to go to the doctor and take medicine? I don't by over the counter cold medicine for me, my husband or my kids. Just something I have never done. I feel like it is a waste of my money. A cold will run it's course. Fevers are another one that I do what I can until I have to get medicine. Fevers are not always bad. It means your body is working properly to fight some bug. I do vaccinate the necessary ones. Flu and H1N1, not for me or my girls. My son is a different story. He has some health issues that I need to be watchful of. If a cold, sinus drainage, or allergies act up too much for him off to medicate to stop it from getting out of control. Usually that medication for him is from the doctor. He is on medication to help prevent asthma and I feel bad everyday that I have to give him so much. But it helps him breathe and stay relatively healthy. He is also on allergy meds to help prevent them from getting out of control. If not then the asthma acts up and more medication is given. If medicine prevents something worse then I give it.
My girls don't have the same issue so I treat their medical needs differently. I give them the medication to fight and infection (antibiotics) or at bedtime to help them rest. If the flu is bad and they need help to stop heaving then call the doc and get help. It doesn't pay to have your child dehydrated and miserable. I guess unless the illness requires a DR. Then I use it sparingly for comfort measures.
In my past of moving from state to state I have learned that in some towns for whatever reason we were more pron to illness. We were at the doctor every other week for awhile with everything from ear infections and strep throat to pneumonia. It was a crazy fall/winter season. We had to resort to allergy testing to find out why we were never getting better. Finally the sickness cleared and we are healthy and everyone is healthy.
So do I give my children medicine? Yes. If they seriously need it I will. Usually nothing from over the counter except Tylenol or Ibuprofen for pain or fevers. Then only meds from the Doctor that is need to fight something or prevent if it is absolutely necessary.
NOTICE: Always talk to your doctor about any medicines and medical conditions you may have.