Anticholinergics for Cerebral Palsy
What To Think About
Dry mouth is common with these medicines. If your older child is physically able to, have him or her chew sugarless gum, suck on sugarless candy, or melt ice in his or her mouth. If your child continues to have problems with dry mouth after about 2 weeks, call your doctor. Dry mouth can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Because anticholinergics can reduce your child's ability to sweat, help prevent your child from overheating on very hot days. For example, limit your child's time in the sun and give your child plenty of water.
Medicine is one of the many tools your doctor has to treat a health problem. If your child takes medicine as your doctor suggests, it will improve your child's health and may prevent future problems. If your child doesn't take the medicines properly, his or her health (and perhaps life) may be at risk.
There are many reasons why people have trouble taking their medicine. But in most cases, there is something you can do. For suggestions on how to work around common problems, see the topic Reference Taking Medicines as Prescribed.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: September 20, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics