Dosing Errors Common with Kids’ Liquid Meds

vaccineResearchers have found out that parents are making doing errors that should cause concern when administering medicine to their children. The errors were mostly made when using a dosing cup. Four in five parents make at least one doing error. These errors could result in the child suffering serious health consequences.

Key takeaways:

  • 1 in 5 parents made dosing errors that was twice the dose listed on the label.
  • Oral syringes were more effective in reducing dosing errors as compared to dosing cups. Parents are four times more likely to make an error when using a cup rather than a syringe.
  • When it comes to antibiotics, any error could have serious health implications to a child.

“When we’re talking about a very small child, you can easily overdose a child,” George said. “The consequences could be as dire as death, depending on the medication.”

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http://www.webmd.com/children/news/20160912/dosing-errors-common-with-kids-liquid-meds#2

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