A comprehensive family health insurance plan can help to ensure you and your children are getting appropriate medical treatment – with parents being warned about important changes related to administering medicine to their children.
Federal parliamentary secretary for health and ageing Catherine King has alerted parents to important changes concerning the dispensing of cough and cold medicines to their young children due to a review by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
"While the review concluded there are no immediate safety risks with these products, it found there was evidence that they may cause harm to children and that the benefits of using them in children have not been proven," Ms King said.
Parents were advised that cough and cold medicines should not be given to children under the age of six and that the medicine should only be given to children from the ages six to 11 on the recommendation of a doctor, pharmacist or nurse practitioner.
Ms King added that it is always important that you read the labels and instructions on medicine and if you suspect it may be more than a cold, seek the help of a doctor.
Health insurance can help in making sure you have the appropriate facilities and care to look after you and your family's medical conditions.