These medicines are suitable for children

These medicines are suitable for children

Stiftung Warentest offers an overview of suitable over-the-counter medicines for children

Since the immune system in children is not yet fully developed, they suffer relatively frequently from mild illnesses, against which parents often resort to over-the-counter medicines. However, the “children are more sensitive to drugs than adults” and “many drugs can even harm small patients,” reports the Stiftung Warentest. In order to offer parents security, the foundation has compiled an overview of the "80 best and cheapest prescription-free medications for common diseases in childhood such as cough, runny nose, sore throat, earache, diarrhea, vomiting, flatulence".

Based on the drug evaluations of the Stiftung Warentest, suitable over-the-counter medicines for the most common complaints in children were selected. In its current contribution, the foundation also provides information on the use of the medication and explains “which general measures help sick children and which warning signs require a doctor's visit.” In addition, it is expressly pointed out which over-the-counter medications are definitely suitable for adults are increasingly used, are not suitable for children.

Some over-the-counter medicines can harm children "Many medications can harm young patients, including the classic acetylsalicylic acid, or ASS for short, marketed for the first time as aspirin," reports the Stiftung Warentest. Common combination products such as Grippostad C, Thomapyrin or Wick Medinait and Daymed are also not approved for small patients. Before over-the-counter medicines are used in children, parents should urgently find out whether they are suitable for the little ones at all. It should also be noted that "vegetable does not automatically mean harmless", according to the Stiftung Warentest. For example, essential oils such as camphor, menthol, cineol, peppermint or eucalyptus oil can trigger life-threatening shortness of breath in babies and older children with asthma. Corresponding ingredients can be found in "Wick VapoRub, Bronchoforton ointment, Pinimenthol cold balm, bath and inhalant". Basically, parents should only use medicinal products suitable for children, study the package insert carefully and pay attention to the correct dosage, according to the foundation's conclusion.

Home remedies instead of medication? The list of the Stiftung Warentest offers a relatively comprehensive overview of the suitable over-the-counter medicines for children, although here, too, the question arises as to the extent to which an application is necessary. The symptoms often heal without medication and otherwise relatively simple home remedies can help heal (see home remedies for colds, home remedies for cough, home remedies for earache). However, it should also be noted with household remedies that isolated measures are rather unsuitable for children. For example, with inhalation there is a risk that small children scald themselves in the hot water and the use of essential oils should be assessed rather critically or avoided in case of doubt. (fp)

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