Dealing with a sick child is not easy for parents or doctors. Children can’t tell what’s wrong or where it hurts and they are always cranky. Usually, they are too small to drink a pill or just refuse to take any drugs. In most cases doctors recommend using medications in the form of the suppository. This drug form is found safe even for very small children and proven efficient.
Another way to give your child the needed dose of medicines is by giving him/her the injection, but, some children might be afraid of needles. In adults, suppositories are used to relieve constipation, or hemorrhoids but in children they can cure many medical problems. In kids, doctors recommend suppositories for the fever, different kinds of pain, seizures etc. There are two kinds of baby suppositories available at the market, and you can find paracetamol and glycerin suppositories for kids.
Glycerin Suppository for Kids
Glycerin suppositories are used as laxative, to relieve constipation. In shape, suppositories resemble a missile or the bullet, made of glycerin. If your baby hasn’t had a stool for more than 4 days or experience dark stool or abdominal pain, it may be the time to use glycerin suppositories.
Consult your doctor before starting any treatment, because he/she should decide if your baby requires glycerin suppositories. If it’s time to use suppositories, you can get them in any pharmacy. It is safe to use glycerin suppositories even in babies old just few weeks.
Suppositories should be easily placed into the rectum. Once placed an inch into the rectum, they will start to work as laxative. This is a hyper-osmotic substance, which irritates the lining of the intestine, and lead to softer stool and excretion of the intestine content.
Some kids might be having some other medical conditions, allergies and other issues. Always make sure your doctor knows about these health problems, so he or she could suggest the appropriate treatment for the child. Don’t worry if the doctor told you to cut suppositories and use a piece of it every time your child has a problem. It is quite common practice and you shouldn’t worry.
Paracetamol Suppository for Kids
Paracetamol suppositories for kids are used to ease the pain. You can get some of these suppositories without the prescription from your doctor, but because there are so many of them, in different doses it is advisable to consult the doctor before the application.
Paracetamol is a painkiller, and can be used to treat pain and fever in children. Paracetamol suppositories are meant for babies that can’t take paracetamol in syrup or tablets, especially for really young kids. The dose is calculated according to the weight and age of your child. Although you can use these suppositories without prescription, don’t use them if the baby is younger than 3 months. In that case, always consult the doctor first.
Suppository Side Effects
There are just a few side effects associated with the use of suppositories. There might be some allergic reactions, skin rash, redness, itching and also dehydration. Glycerin suppositories may cause burning and inflammation in kids. In extremely rare cases kids have experienced fever, mouth ulcers, bleeding and liver complications.