Medicines for Children - information for parents and carers


Medicines for Children provides practical and reliable information to parents and carers about giving medicines to their child - visit

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What is Medicines for Children?


We provide information to help parents and carers give medicines to children confidently and correctly. Our website, developed with parents and carers, was updated in December 2011 - see

Our medicines leaflets cover an expanding range of titles, from medicines for epilepsy to antibiotics for infections. They give practical and reassuring advice on how to give medicines, what to do in case a dose is forgotten or given twice, and information about possible side-effects. General information leaflets and how-to videos give tips on giving medicines to children.

The information is certified by The Information Standard (see below) and referenced in the British National Formulary for Children and NHS Evidence.

For more information go to the what we do web pages, or contact us.

Promotional materials

If you would like to promote Medicines for Children to the families you care for, please feel free to use our promotional materials. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide printed versions at this time.

Download flyer for healthcare professionals (A5) (PDF, 569 KB, 2 pages)

Download flyer for parents and carers (A5) (PDF, 1.3 MB, 2 pages)

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If you are a parent or carer and would like to help us make sure our information is useful and understandable, join our panel at WellChild. You will have the opportunity to read and comment on draft versions of the leaflets, and get involved on other issues on the programme. It won't take much of your time - and we will value your participation.

To find out more or to give your feedback, please contact us.

Information Standard

IS member_vertical positive for web.pngThe College has been certified since March 2011 by The Information Standard, an accreditation scheme for health and social care information producers which is supported by the Department of Health, for the Medicines for Children information.

This three-year accreditation recognises our commitment to producing and maintaining high-quality information using a rigorous development process.

In March 2014 we successfully passed our reaccreditation assessment, demonstrating that we continue to meet the requirements of the Standard.

Read our policy statement

Visit the Information Standard website

About us

Medicines for Children is a partnership programme between the College, Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group (NPPG) and children’s charity WellChild. The programme is overseen by the Joint RCPCH/NPPG Standing Committee on Medicines.

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