Pills forbidden to children. Dr. Emilian Popovici: “Certain drugs can have a much stronger effect on children”

Some medicines considered safe for adults can be toxic for little ones, and doctors advise us to stay away from them.

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The vice-president of the Romanian Society of Epidemiology, Dr. Emilian Popovici, compiled a list of substances that, although safe for adults, can do a lot of harm to children.

It is essential to know which medicines are not suitable for little ones and it is also very important that parents always consult a health professional before giving any medicine to their child!“, warns the doctor.

Romanians tend to treat themselves, but this behavior can be dangerous, especially when it comes to babies, small children or even teenagers. Before undergoing a treatment, a doctor's consultation is needed, draws the attention of Dr. Emilian Popovici.

One of the most important things to remember is that a child is not just a miniature adult. Children's bodies are still developing, their enzyme systems are being activated, and therefore they metabolize some drugs differently than an adult's body. Certain medicines can have a much stronger effect on children than on adults and that as a result children can be more susceptible to side effects than adults“, says the vice-president of the Romanian Society of Epidemiology.

Aspirin is among the drugs we should avoid when it comes to the little ones. The active ingredient in aspirin has been linked to Reye's Syndrome, a rare but very serious disease.

This condition has been most commonly seen in children and adolescents who have recently had a viral illness, such as the flu or chicken pox. That's why it's important to never give aspirin to a child or even a teenager under the age of 18, unless it's recommended by a doctor“, transmits Dr. Emilian Popovici.

The list of prohibited drugs also includes codeine-based antitussives, but also some for colds, such as xylometazoline drops. Young children may develop serious side effects, and the drugs may even be ineffective in treating the symptoms.

Instead of these medications, non-drug remedies such as saline nasal drops and proper hydration can be used, which help alleviate cold symptoms in young children“, says the doctor.

Moreover, including pain relievers such as ibuprofen and naproxen, they should be used with caution for little ones.

These drugs can cause irritation of the stomach lining or even ulcers in some cases. It is important to always follow the instructions for use carefully and never exceed the recommended dose for your child's age and weight!“, says Dr. Emilian Popovici.

In fact, doctors point out that we should not mix ibuprofen with paracetamol, although this is the practice recommended by most specialists, because the two drugs have a similar effect.

Natural remedies are not safer either, because they have not been regulated by the Medicines Agency and have not been studied in children. Medicines against nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, such as Loperamide are not for children under 12, nor are anti-allergic drugs, such as diphenihydramine, recommended under this age.

Dr. Emilian Popovici advises parents never to give their children treatments intended for adults, and even more so never to use expired medicines.

Do not administer without consulting the doctor, nor the medication previously prescribed to your child even if he has symptoms similar to those he had before“, adds the epidemiologist.