Keep track of the medicines given

A written record of the medicines given to a child can help to prevent dosing errors, particularly when more than one person cares for the child.

Make sure that everyone — including family members, child care staff or baby sitters — is given clear written instructions about when and how to give a medicine to the child. 

Keep track of all your child's medicines by using an NPS Medicines List

Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can help you fill it in. Keep your Medicines List with you, especially on visits to your doctor, pharmacist or to the hospital.

Choose a medicines list that suits you:

  • Paper – a printable version that fits in your wallet or handbag
  • Online – use your internet browser to edit, print save as a PDF or email your medicines list
  • Smartphone app for iPhone and Android – set alarms for taking medicines, edit your list and email it.

Record the following important information each time you give medicine to a child

  • Weight of the child
  • Date and time the medicine was given
  • Active ingredient and brand name
  • Strength of the medicine
  • Exact dose given and the daily total
  • Reason why the medicine was given
  • Who the medicine was given by.

Take this information with you so that the doctor or pharmacist knows what medicine(s) have been given to a child.