Partnering with #OTCSafety to Help Parents Learn Medicine Safety

by Melanie Edwards on June 2, 2013

in Parenting

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As a parent, one of the first things I want to do when my children get sick is make them feel better. My first thought is to assess the symptoms in order to figure out if there is any medicine I can give them, followed by providing a little TLC to comfort them. Of course, this highly depends on the symptoms, their severity, and how long they’ve been sick – otherwise, we head to the doctor.

One of the things I remember struggling with as a new mom to my oldest daughter was knowing how much of each medicine to give her and which medicines were best for which symptoms. I made countless calls to her pediatrician to be sure I knew what and how much to give her. I think this is a challenge for most new parents, since we want our children to feel better and you of course, want to be safe about providing them with medications.

It’s because of this that I think what the CHPA Educational Foundation is doing through their program is great. Information on safely managing, storing, and handling medications is essential for parents. Even if you have multiple children and feel more confident in your parenting skills, medications change as do the recommendations, so it’s important to have resources to help keep us abreast of the latest guidelines.

Considering all this, I’m excited to share that I’m partnering with as an ambassador to help spread information on safe medicine practices for parents. Some of the information they help parents learn about are things such as being sure to always read labels on medications, follow the recommended dosage, and keep medicines stored safely away from children. In fact, you can join the efforts of by taking the Up and Away pledge on their Facebook page! Be sure to also check out this infographic from with more tips for safe medicine use (click on image for full size).

OTC Safety Parents in Charge Infographic

Disclosure: As part of the CHPA OTC Safety ambassador program, I received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Photo: Kourtlyn Lott/Flickr

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