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Children's Medicine - Paediatrics

Children's Medicine - Paediatrics

Children can be fussy when it comes to taking their medicines. The medicine may taste awful or may not be available in an “easy to measure” dose. Our compounding pharmacists in consultation with your doctor can help.

Compounding provides the option to add flavour to or change the flavour of an already existing medication therefore making it more palatable for the child and improve compliance. Flavours used are sugar-free.

Young children often find difficulty in swallowing capsules and tablets. In some cases the medications prescribed are not available in the strengths required thus leaving parents and carers the complicated task of cutting, breaking or crushing the tablets, or opening the capsules in order to dose the child. Some common examples include Nitrofurantoin (Macrodantin); Omeprazole (Losec); Lansoprazole (Zoton) and Melatonin (Circadin). At the compounding pharmacy, these medications can be re-formulated into syrups, suspensions, creams, powders and smaller capsules at the correct strengths for easier dosing.

Babies suffering from persistent Reflux may benefit from PPIs such as Omeprazole or Lansoprazole prescribed by their doctors to alleviate regurgitation, pain and discomfort while their gastrointestinal tract matures.  School-aged children on stimulant medications may require sleep aids like Melatonin to prevent insomnia and fatigue due to lack of sleep. Various combinations of essential Amino Acids, Minerals and Vitamins can be made up depending on the individual child’s needs to promote and maintain healthy growth and development.