Five Tips for New Parents about Medicine

It can be a stressful time for new parents - facing the responsibility of caring for a newborn or infant. Your health care provider can be a great resource. A good time to check in is during preventive “well-child” health visits with your child’s pediatrician, says Donna L. Snyder, M.D., F.A.A.P., a pediatrician with FDA’s Division of Pediatric and Maternal Health. These visits can continue at intervals throughout childhood and adolescence. But if you’re between appointments and think your child is sick, or just have questions, contact your health care provider to confirm what to do next, Snyder says. And consider these five tips: • Get Expert Advice Before Giving Medicine to Your Baby • Store Medications Safely • Give Medications Properly • If You Take Medication, Seek Breastfeeding Advice • Take Care of Yourself