My little one was sick this week. As I gave her medicine, I noticed my son had a lot questions about the medicine I was giving his baby sister.
Teaching kids about good health also includes teaching them about medicines. It prepares them to be independent and responsible of their own healthcare as they get older.
My son was very interested in how the medicine works, how it tastes, how long it has to be taken, how will it make his sister feel better, can she take pills, does she need a shot, and are there side effects.
I encouraged him to ask his questions to our doctor too. In the meantime, I emphasized important guiding principles to encourage him to be an active participants in the process of using taking care of his health. That he has a right:
-to appropriate information about his choices
-to know and doctors should communicate directly with him as well about medicine and treatment -to ask questions of health care providers, parents, and other caregivers about medicines and other treatment -to get a second or third opinion -to a healthy life, exercise, access to good and fresh food, and water to get a good start on health -to know and experience alternative medicines -to refuse treatment as an adult -to learn more through research
Ultimately, giving kids a sense of control and power over their bodies and what is put into them will help make good decisions later in life.
Check out these free health worksheets to assist your child in learning about patient rights.
Article By Nuria Almeida
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