Can my sons step mom give him over the counter medication or is something that only his father should be doing? Just wondering what the guidelines are on this since it is giving a child medicine and possible side effects etc if something happens to the child. Since a step mom does not have any legal custody rights or anything and this is a medical issue for the child. I appreciate any feedback.
The step mom is, presumably, allowed by the dad to give these medications. If so, then it is legal.
Think about it this way: If a child has a fever, and the only adult around is the step mom, wouldn't it be appropriate for the step mom to give them some fever-reducing aspirin? The alternative would be for the child to continue suffering from a fever. The same goes with a a case of nausea and a spoonful of Pepto-Bismal.
I hear your concern about mixing medications, and this is a potentially valid concern that is best resolved by inter-parental (including step parental) communication. But it is not a question of what is "legal" or not, IMHO.
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Whoever is competently providing the medication in compliance with the instructions is acceptable.
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