Almost All Parents Misdose Child Medications - Make Sure You're Not One Of Them.
In news that shocked even me, a new study shows that almost all parents put their children in danger due...
In news that shocked even me, a new study shows that almost all parents put their children in danger due to misdosing medication. Recently, scientists ran a study that consisted of 97 child caregivers - dads, moms and childcare workers. The researchers set up a pretend scenario involving a child with a fever and cold symptoms. Then they asked the adults how they would administer medication. Shockingly, here's what happened:
- 61% got the dosage wrong.
- 17% of adults administered an overdose of medication.
- Just 14% managed to give the child the correct (and safe) dose of medication.
- ALWAYS check with your child's pediatrician before giving your child medication. Your pediatrician not only can tell you the correct dosage, but can tell you if your child even needs medication.
- If you want a better way to measure medications, consider Children's AccuDial products - which feature a weight-based rotating label. These aren't available in the US yet, but are available in Canada.
- Use a real medicine cup or dropper NOT a spoon or teaspoon from the kitchen - studies show this is a common way that kids end up getting too much (or not enough) medicine. If you lose the cup or dropper that comes with the medicine, make sure you have an extra one on hand.
- If you think you've misdosed your child's medication call poison control at once. Medication is considered a poison when given in the wrong amount.