Medicines for Children 10th anniversary

Posted on the 29th November 2016

Medicines for Children is celebrating its 10 year anniversary today!

To mark this special anniversary, WellChild will be supporting Medicines for Children on social media using #medicinesmatter.

#medicinesmatter aims to promote the amazing online resource www.medicinesforchildren.org.ukso that parents and carers, wherever they are, can access to information on their child’s medicines that they can trust.

We will also be launching a new library of ‘How To’ instructional videos, demonstrating different ways to administer medicines to children.

And last but not least, announcing the winners of the 10th Anniversary Drawing Competition where children aged 4-18 were asked to design ‘Get well Soon’ and ‘Sorry You’re Poorly’ cards.

How YOU can get involved with #medicinesmatter

You can show your support and get involved by tweeting @MedsForChildren with personal stories of why medicines matter to your child, your experiences of giving your child medicines at home and how having access to information on your child’s medicines has helped you.

You could start your tweets with:

“We are supporting #medicinesmatter because…”

Or

“#medicinesmatter to me and my child because…”

 

If you don’t have a twitter account, you can email your experiences and any pictures you wish to share to Medicines.Leaflets@rcpch.ac.uk. 

Examples could include:

  • What it means to you having access to videos which show you how to give your child their medicine for the first time.
  • Situations where access to more medicines information would have helped you.
  • Advice or tips for other parents through sharing how you have overcame these difficulties.

You could also share photos (or videos) of the daily medicines that you give to your child, or of your medicines cabinet.

10 years of Medicines for Children:

Medicines for Children has come a long way since it was first conceived in 2006 by the Royal College of Paediatric & Child Health, Neonatal & Paediatric Pharmacists Group and WellChild.

  • In 2006, parents and carers were surveyed to understand what information they wanted to know about their children’s medicines and how they wanted it. The findings showed that a national resource for parents and carers was needed.
  • Together with the children’s charity WellChild, 25 pilot medicines leaflets were produced using medical expertise from paediatric doctors and pharmacists, as well as input from WellChild’s parent representatives.
  • The first Medicines for Children website was launched in April 2009 enabling parents to access medicines information for free, 24/7.
  • In 2016, Medicines for Children now hosts over 200 medicines information leaflets and instructional videos, with many more in development. The website has 170,000 users a month (over 2 million a year) with a truly global audience of users in all 196 countries across the world.

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