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