Keeping a Medicine Log for Your Child

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Gina Garippo

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If your child is under the weather, you probably want nothing more than to help him or her feel better. One way you can do that is to make sure you’re giving medication correctly. Whether you’re administering a prescription drug or over-the-counter medicine, ensuring you deliver the correct dosage can help your little one feel better—and stay safe.


Avoid Errors, Inform Caregivers

No matter how careful you might be, medication mistakes can and do happen. To help avoid errors, such as giving your child too much medication, consider keeping a daily medicine log.

A daily medicine log helps track the medications your child receives. The log typically includes information, such as the name of the medication, the exact dosage, the time(s) of day it was given, the active ingredient, and any unusual reactions or symptoms.

Filling in the log every time you or someone else gives a medication to your child provides an important record of how much he or she received and the last time it was given. Share your child’s medication log with anyone who cares for him or her, such as a grandparent or a babysitter. It can help avoid medication confusion. You can also use it when talking with your pediatrician.

Start Your Medicine Log

You can print out and use a medicine log provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). You can make one for yourself.

In addition to filling out a daily medicine log, remember to follow the dosing instructions exactly. Don’t give more medication than prescribed. It could be dangerous. If you have questions or problems, talk with your health care provider or pharmacist.

Key Takeaways

  • Giving the correct type and dosage of medication to your child can help him or her feel better—and stay safe. A daily medicine log can help.

  • A medicine log helps track the medications your child receives, including information such as the exact dosage, the time(s) of day it was given, and the active ingredient.

  • Share your child’s medication log with anyone who cares for him or her.

Medical Reviewers: Williams, Robert, MD Last Review Date: Oct 3, 2013

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Medical References

  1. Keeping Track of Your Child’s Medicine. American Academy of Family Physicians. (http://familydoctor.org/dam/familydoctor/documents/keeping-track-child-medicine.pdf);
  2. How to Give Your Child Medicine. American Academy of Family Physicians. February 2012. (http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/drugs-procedures-devices/over-the-counter/medicine-and-your-...;
  3. OTC Cough and Cold Medicines and My Child. American Academy of Family Physicians. (http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/drugs-procedures-devices/over-the-counter/otc-cough-and-cold...;
  4.  Daily Medicine Record for Your Child. US Food and Drug Administration. June 2011. (http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/);

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