Tweens & Over-the-Counter Medicine Safety

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Is your pre-teen starting to want to control his or her own medications?
Air Date: 11/6/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Tanya Altmann, MD
DrTanya dressanya Altmann, MD, FAAP, is a UCLA-trained pediatrician practicing in Southern California, and the happy mother of two. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Tanya is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA and the Chief Medical Advisor for the Newborn Channel. Dr. Tanya is also a Spokesperson for American Academy of Pediatrics, approved by the national physician organization to communicate complicated medical issues into easily understood concepts.

Beyond her extensive medical work, Dr. Tanya is also an accomplished writer, authoring the best-selling book Mommy Calls: Dr. Tanya Answers Parents' Top 101 Questions About Babies and Toddlers. She is Editor-in-Chief of the American Academy of Pediatrics' parenting book The Wonder Years and Associate Medical Editor of their best selling Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5.

And if that isn't impressive enough, Dr. Tanya also serves as a child health expert for numerous news programs and talk shows, including Today (NBC) and KTLA 5 Morning News (CW Los Angeles). She's been quoted in hundreds of periodicals including Newsweek, USA Today, Los Angeles Times and Parents magazine. Her popular parenting workshops help moms and dads through the day-to-day ups and downs of raising their kids. She responds to caregivers concerns and blogs on controversial topics for a variety of health and parenting websites including Web MD and TODAYMoms. In addition, Dr. Tanya serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Sharecare, a new interactive healthcare website.
Tweens & Over-the-Counter Medicine Safety
The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) and Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company, are continuing their commitment to help educate tweens on the safe use of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines with their expanded OTC Literacy classroom program.

Research shows that tweens begin to self-administer medicine at the age of 11, or around 5th or 6th grade.

With cold and flu season in full swing, it is a good time for you to teach your children about the potential dangers of OTC medicine. Dr. Tanya Altmann, MD, discusses ways you can keep your kids healthy and safe.
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