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DAD THE MEDICINE MAN

According to a new survey commissioned by the Council on Family Health, a surprising number of American fathers are taking care of their kids when they're sick.

Thirty-five percent of dads surveyed say they've missed at least one day of work in the past year to care for their children ages 12 and under when they have colds, flu or other illnesses; 69 percent say they've taken one or more of their children to the doctor's office, and 81 percent say they're very likely to administer medicines to their children.

The council has launched a campaign to caution dads about reading medicine labels thoroughly before administering medicines for their children's health care.

"Dosing schedules and the amount of medicine are usually different for children than for adults, based on their weight and age. Always read the label carefully before administering the medication. If you're not sure or are confused about the amount to give or how often to give the medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist," says Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes Jr., chairman of the council.

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