Treat Children Without Anxiety? Here's the Way
Syrup drugs for children often worry parents. There are still many parents who do not know which drugs are safe for children.
Therefore, the Working Group for Early Childhood Education (PAUD) facilitated parents in the city of Bandung to treat their children through the Healthy Without Worry webinar, Friday 9 December 2022.
One of the presenters at this webinar, Pharmacist Rahmat Hidayat, said that most parents were not consistent in giving medicine at the right time and dosage. Thus, drugs that should be able to cure and kill viral bacteria instead turn against the child's immunity.
"Take medicine according to the time and dosage. Especially antibiotics. If time is missed or the dose is lacking, germs and bacteria can become increasingly resistant to these drugs. So it will be more difficult for children to recover," said Rahmat.
He also added that many parents do not know which drugs are now banned in the market. He appealed to the public to consult with a doctor or pharmacist before buying medicine.
"For example, a child has a fever. Not all fever medicines can be taken. They have to be adjusted to the fever diagnosis. Don't buy medicine at the grocery store. You have to consult a doctor and pharmacist," he advised.
He also provides a number of tips for parents whose children have difficulty taking concoction medicine. Especially in the condition of syrup drugs, which are currently being held back.
The way to deal with children who don't like concoctions is to serve them an accompanying drink. If the medicine is not affected by milk, tea, sugar water, or honey water, then the medicine can be mixed with the drink.
"Syrup is made to dissolve faster, and can be consumed comfortably without having a bitter taste. However, for now, it's best if you can drink concoctions with sugar water or honey water, which is relatively safer," he said.
Therefore, he added, it is important for parents to consult a doctor or pharmacist before buying medicine.
"Therefore it is important to ask the pharmacist or doctor first whether the drug will have an interaction with the drinks earlier or not. To make it safer for children to consume," he added.
Meanwhile, the Bandung City PAUD Mother, Yunimar Mulyana said, the Bandung City PAUD Working Group was concerned about holding this webinar, departing from parents' anxiety about drugs that children could not consume.
"This activity has a broad impact. The government's policy that prohibits a number of syrup drugs, we must act wisely," said Yunimar.
As a result of this incident, parents are worried whether the children's medicines on the market are appropriate or not. So, he appealed to parents to respond wisely and must have sufficient information about administering drugs to children.
"We must be able to filter information that is appropriate for us to examine so that we can be calm about giving medicine to children," he said.
Meanwhile, the Chairperson of the Bandung City PAUD Mother Working Group, Sri Wahyuni Solihah said, an indicator of the success of PAUD Mothers is increasing public understanding of health for families and parenting.
"That is a fundamental thing that must be fulfilled by parents. That's why we present the Healthy Without Worry webinar so that people are more concerned about the health of their families," said Sri.
On the other hand, the Head of the PAUD Dikmas Division of the Bandung City Education Office, Abdul Gaos said, the Bandung City Government (Pemkot) fully supports PAUD mother programs to improve the quality of early childhood education services in the City of Bandung.
"We will continue to push for the creation of the nation's buds who, apart from being smart, are also physically healthy. Moreover, the implementation of PAUD is handled in a holistic, integrative manner starting from the aspects of education, health, nutrition services, protection. Everything is handled by all stakeholders," said Abdul. (din)**
Head of the Bandung City Communication and Informatics Agency
Yayan A. Brilyana