Medicines for Children - information for parents and carers

Medicines for Children (MfC) provides practical and reliable information to parents and carers about giving medicines to their child.
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The Medicines for Children website provides parents and carers with information they can trust on over 200 medicines commonly prescribed to children.

It offers free access to patient information leaflets and videos specifically developed to advice parents and carers how to give medicine to their child.

All medical information is produced through a rigorous writing and review process involving paediatricians, pharmacists and the expertise of the Medicines for Children project board.

A panel of parents from WellChild are consulted to ensure that all of the information on Medicines for Children serves to address the main concerns of parents and carers when giving medicines to their child. These types of concerns include:

  • When and how do I give my child their medicine?
  • What if I forget to give the medicine or give too much?
  • Are there any possible side-effects?

The Medicines for Children information leaflets are reviewed and certified each year by NHS England’s Information Standard. This kite mark shows that Medicines for Children is providing reliable healthcare information for the public. The information is referenced in the British National Formulary for Children and NHS Evidence.

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Can you hep promote Medicines for Children to clinical colleagues or to the families you care for? Download our flyers for health professionals and parents/carers at the bottom of this page.

Involving parents and carers

If you are a parent or carer and would like to help ensure that the information on Medicines for Children is useful for families, join our parent panel (administered by the children’s charity WellChild).

You will have the opportunity to comment on draft versions of the medicines information leaflets, and get involved in other aspects of the project. It does not take much of your time - and your participation is greatly valued. To find out more information or to give your feedback, please contact us.


Medicines for Children is a partnership project between the RCPCH, the Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group (NPPG) and children’s charity WellChild.

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