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OTC medication tips for tweens and teens

Recent research shows that tweens begin self-administering over-the-counter

Recent research shows that tweens begin self-administering over-the-counter medications as early as age 11. (Credit: iStock)

With recent research showing that tweens begin self-administering over-the-counter medications as early as age 11, it's more important than ever for parents to be aware of the proper uses and potential dangers of even the most common OTC meds.

That's why Scholastic has partnered with the American Association of Poison Control Centers to develop an extension to their in-school OTC Literacy Program aimed at helping parents understand their role and responsibility in helping teach their children how to safely take medication.

Parents can visit their site to find helpful tools like safety checklists, information sheets and more.


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Here are five of their most important OTC literacy tips:

1. Tweens should only use OTC medicines with permission and supervision from their parent or guardian.

2. Always read and follow the Drug Facts label, and never take more than what’s directed on the label.

3. Know what is in your medicine and never use more than one medicine with the same active ingredient.

4. Always use the dosing device that comes with medicine. Never use household measurement tools like teaspoons, tablespoons or kitchen spoons.

5. Return medicines up and away and out of sight after every use.

Click here to find out more.

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