What are some important things to remember when giving topical medications to pediatric patients?
- Used to ease discomfort, prevent further injury and facilitate healing
- Give parents detailed info on how much to use, how to apply, and how long preparation should remain on the skin
- Stress that more is not necessarily better (such as steroids, which thin the skin in long term use)
- Caution against using both oral and topical meds containing the same med (such as benadryl or asprin)