11 Tips for Using Kids' Medicine Safely
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Using Kids' Medicine Safely

No parent wants their sick child to suffer. Medication can help ease pain or bring down a fever. But if it’s not used correctly, medicine can have the opposite effect, harming instead of helping your little one. Keep these tips in mind when giving your child pills, capsules, or syrups.

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