Dr Stephen Olayinka of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Ilorin, has warned parents against giving medication to their children without prescription by a medical practitioner.
Olayinka said this in Ilorin on Tuesday that self-medication was dangerous to health.
According to him, self-medication is not good for anybody; it has led to loss of lives of many Nigerians.
He said that most parents were fond of treating their children without proper consultation which could lead to serious health issue later.
The expert said that children’s internal system was not as strong as that of adults, urging parents not to use them for experiment.
“Some drugs are too strong for their system. Damage can easily be done on children’s internal system and can lead to death.
“It baffles me when parents rush into the ward and start lamenting after they have given overdose to their children.
“Most parents listened to their neighbours’ prescription, thereby giving harmful drugs to their children.
“Drugs have lasting effect on child’s health, if not properly controlled,’’ he said.
Olayinka also advised parents to stop giving herbs to children, saying that it was unhealthy and dangerous to their health.
He said that instead, parents should visit government approved hospitals to care for their children when faced with any health challenge.