Condition Management

Medicines for Children

Practical and reliable advice about giving medications to your child.

Medicines for Children is a website providing practical and reliable advice about giving medications to your child. Produced by WellChild, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group (NPPG), the site contains independently endorsed information on a range of medicines and answers questions such as:

  • How and when to give your child their medicine?
  • What to do if you give too little, or too much?
  • Any possible side-effects?

The Medicines for Children website contains information about giving different forms of medication, including tablets, capsules, liquid medicine, injections, suppositories and enemas, eye drops/ointment and ear drops. Use the site’s search to find medicines by name or by your child’s condition.

All of the articles, leaflets and videos on the Medicines for Children website are accurately produced and kept up to date by pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. Watch the video below to find out more about what pharmacists do and how they are increasingly involved in prescribing medication.

If you think a family you support would benefit from having access to more information about the medication given to their child, please share Medicines for Children resources with them by:

Callum Campbell, Family Information Officer

First published 5 May 2021

Next review due September 2021