Interviewer: Hello Amanda, thanks for being available today to talk
about problems with medication in children.
As an active general practitioner,
you must be dealing with the issue of prescribing medications a lot in your practice.
Can you tell us what sort of general problems you meet with
in terms of prescribing medication for children?
Dr. Simmons: Absolutely. It's something obviously that we are
coming across on a frequent basis as GPs
and we really don't want to be prescribing for children unless it's definitely indicated.
But the main issue is I guess that we come across are firstly compliance with medication, you know,
with a course of antibiotics. For example is a child taking and completing the antibiotic,
side effects of the medication is a problem that we often encounter,
and also understanding from the parents of exactly how to
administer the medication or actually problems with how they are administering it.
For instance, a crying baby that doesn't
understand, with a temperature, that they need to swallow the antibiotics.
And these are all problems that we frequently come across.
Interviewer: Right. One of the things that I worry about with
children that come to the hospital having been seen in
general practice is whether you actually have enough time to go through
all the problems in prescribing medication, for
example explaining the difference between milliliters and milligrams,
the time to check weight,
time to take a history of allergies,
and to see what other medications the children are