Medicines for Children
Medicines for Children is a website which has been launched by WellChild and its partners the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group.
Medicines for Children provides online or printed leaflets giving free, practical and reliable information on over 100 medicines. Written specifically for parents, they answer the questions which are often a concern, such as:
‘When and how do I give my child their medicine?’
‘What if I forget to give the medicine, or I give it twice?’
‘Are there any possible side effects?’
Parents and carers can search by the name of a medicine, brand name of a drug or the disease, condition or infection being treated. There is also a news section and a range of videos showing how to give medication.
All information is written and reviewed by children’s doctors, pharmacists, and parents and carers with real experience of the concerns and issues parents face when giving a child medicine at home.
Who is it for?
All parents whose child requires medication can benefit from the website, from those needing a one-off treatment to others whose child requires long-term and complicated treatment. The aim of Medicines for Children is that parents feel confident about giving their children medicines.
Parents have already told us how helpful this information is:
"Wow! The website and materials are fantastic. The first place parents go for information is often the internet; however I never know what I can trust. I would feel safe using this website. The backing of Wellchild, RCPCH and NPPG rubber stamp it as a quality resource."
Christine from Lancashire.
"My little girl has six different medications in the morning and seven in the evening. As a parent trying to learn the names, dosages and side effects of all these drugs it is vital to have a simple yet thorough guide to medications, written in terms that non-medical professionals (i.e. most parents) can understand, in order to feel confident with their administration."
Faith, from, Bristol.
And professionals in other organisations are also recommending the website to the families they support:
"I'd be happy to recommend such a helpful, clear and easy to navigate website to the families I work with."
Angela Lansley, Support & Development Worker for SHINE (Spina bifida Hydrocephalus Information Networking Equality)
Visit www.medicinesforchildren.org.uk to see how it could help you.
Through WellChild, parents and carers across the country have been at the heart of Medicines for Children – telling us what information they needed, how they wanted it.
If you would like to help us make sure all our information is helpful and easy to understand, or give your ideas on how we can improve the Medicines for Children leaflets or website, please get in touch.
There are a number of ways we are looking for parents to be involved:
Advise us on the development of Medicines for Children so that it continues to meet the needs of parents and carers
Help us to make sure our information is helpful and easy to understand by reviewing our leaflets and website
Become an ambassador for Medicines for Children, and promote the website at conferences, and though local and regional networks and support groups.
You don’t need any experience, and we welcome parents and carers from all backgrounds. You can get involved from home, and contribute as much or as little time as you feel able to - your help will be very important to us. If you are interested, please contact Hannah Bemand, Involvement and Participation, on 01242 548760 or firstname.lastname@example.org