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Medicines for Children

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS

If asked to describe one of my passions, it will have to be looking after children’s welfare. I am also passionate about pharmacy and quite keen to promote professional joint working and put the care user at the centre of everything we do. I am happy to announce the launch of a website that has put all these key components together to deliver: Medicines for Children.

The website is a partnership between Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group (NPPG), and national child health charity WellChild. It provides information for parents and carers about giving medicines that are prescribed or recommended by health professionals to their child. Go to the site and find freely available medicines leaflets to download and videos on how to give different forms of medicine.

In a way the website tick a number of boxes for me:

Professional Collaboration
Parent / Carer Involvement – User participation
Focused information on medicine

Usage:

The launch of this website is timely and I will encourage my colleagues working in the primary & secondary care to use the information provided on this site to support the prescribing and dispensing of medication to parents or carers for children on medication. The site has a growing list of useful leaflets. There are leaflets ranging from the use of  ‘Amitriptyline for neuropathic pain’ and use of ‘Azathioprine for inflammatory bowel disease’  to the use of ‘Clobazam for preventing of seizures’ and ‘Ubidecarenone for mitochondrial disease’.

If a child is sick less than 30 minutes after having a dose of amitriptyline, what should you do?

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(Answer in the information leaflet for Amitriptyline for neuropathic pain)

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