It’s easy for kids to get their hands on over-the-counter drugs at pharmacies, grocery stores or convenience stores. They don’t need a prescription, and they’re not expensive. Most of those that are abused are used to treat symptoms of common colds, headaches or pain. When taken as prescribed on the packaging, they are safe. But in the hands of a child, OTC drugs can be a risky proposition.
Parents should monitor home medicine cabinets, to make sure OTC drugs are not disappearing. Avoid overstocking OTC drugs in your home. Also watch for OTC drugs that are stashed in your child’s room or backpack. Make sure your child takes only the prescribed doses of cold or cough medicines when they are sick.