oa Professional Nursing Today - Over-the-counter medicines for infants : mother and child health

Volume 14, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1607-6672



A sick infant is very worrying for parents, and they will often seek medical advice from a nursing professional regarding their baby's health. This article reviews common conditions encountered in infants from 0-6 months, such as colic, diarrhoea, regurgitation and vomiting, colds, and fever. It is important for nurses to establish when over-the-counter (OTC) medication is appropriate, and when the parents should be referred to a doctor. Sick babies can deteriorate very quickly and it is essential to know what signs and symptoms may signal serious problems, so that treatment is not delayed.

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