Young Parents Team
A bottle of medicine usually outlasts your child’s bout of illness, so it is okay to use it the next time one of the kids fall sick?
If you’re talking about regular oral medicines, the risk of passing along germs is low, says Dr Wong Chin Khoon, a paediatrician from SBCC Baby & Child Clinic.
If you don’t use the same spoon or syringe for the kids, over-the-counter syrup medicine is okay to share. But it’s safer to pour it into a measuring cup or spoon rather than use the syringe.
While the contents are generally sterile and clean, Dr Wong says the chances of contamination are higher when syringes are dipped into the bottle, no matter how well you wash it.
The contamination may encourage bacterial growth or a reaction with the bottle’s content.
But you should never let your kid share inhalers, which have a high risk factor, he adds, because they are put directly into a child’s mouth and are in contact with saliva.
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