Chapter 39. Prescribing for Children

  1. Kate Thomson MBBS, FRACP General Paediatrician4,5,
  2. Dean Tey MBBS Allergy and Immunology Fellow6 and
  3. Michael Marks MBBS, MPH, MD, FRACP Paediatrician Senior Lecturer7,8
  1. Noel Cranswick MBBS, BMedSci, FRACP Director Associate Professor1,2,3 and
  2. Andrew Rechtmann MBBS Clinical Pharmacology Fellow

Published Online: 17 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch39

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Cranswick, N. and Rechtmann, A. (2009) Prescribing for Children, in Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition (eds K. Thomson, D. Tey and M. Marks), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch39

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Department of Developmental Medicine, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  2. 5

    Emergency Department, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  3. 6

    Department of Allergy and Immunology, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 7

    Department of General Medicine, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  5. 8

    Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    Clinical Pharmacology, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  2. 2

    APPRU, Murdoch Children's Research Institute and the Royal Children's Hospital, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  3. 3

    University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 13 FEB 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405174008

Online ISBN: 9781444308051



  • prescribing for children;
  • drug choice and dose;
  • unlicensed and off-label drug use;
  • dosing considerations;
  • adverse drug reactions - Type A and Type B;
  • therapeutic drug monitoring;
  • drug errors;
  • drug interactions;
  • complementary medicines;
  • potential drug interactions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Drug choice and dose

  • Adverse drug reactions

  • Therapeutic drug monitoring

  • Drug errors

  • Drug interactions

  • Complementary medicines