CHPA/FDA Give Parents 10 Tips on Giving Medicine to Kids

Information is available in English and Spanish

Washington, D.C. (October 8, 2004)—With cold and flu season just around the corner, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA’s) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) have re-released Kids Aren’t Just Small Adults, a medicine information pamphlet for parents and caregivers. The latest edition of this popular pamphlet offers 10 tips on how to give over-the-counter (OTC) medicines safely to children. A first-of-its-kind companion version in Spanish also is available for online download.

“It’s so important for parents to understand that OTC medications are real medicines that must be taken with care,” said CHPA President Linda A. Suydam, D.P.A. “CHPA and FDA partnered to provide English- and Spanish-speaking parents helpful tips so that they may safely and responsibly give their children medicine.”

Recommendations in the pamphlet include reading and following the OTC Drug Facts label, which contains all the information necessary to safely give a medicine to a child; becoming familiar with active ingredients; and using the appropriate dosing or measuring tool.

“FDA is committed to educating the public about products the Agency regulates,” said FDA’s Ellen Shapiro, director of CDER's Division of Public Affairs. “Recommendations in this pamphlet are valuable year-round, but are especially timely now that cold and flu season is about to begin.”

Up to 100 copies of Kids Aren’t Just Small Adults may be ordered from the “Publications” section of CHPA’s web site at The Spanish version of the pamphlet can be found in the “Publications” section of; it is available for download only.

Contacts: FDA, Mandy Eisemann (301) 827-1670
CHPA, Mimi Pappas (202) 429-9260

CHPA is the 123-year-old trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplement products.