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When a child is ill, it’s no laughing matter! Drugs sometimes provide valuable help, but it’s important to determine the optimal dose.
Children are exposed to health problems at a very young age. Colds, otitis, and gastroenteritis are illnesses that several parents are very familiar with, not to mention pain and fever, which frequently develop, often making children grumpy or lethargic. When this occurs, relieving symptoms and helping a child get better, quickly becomes a priority.
In many cases, the use of medication becomes necessary. Always determine and administer the exact dose likely to produce the expected effects safely. Because of their small stature, children are more likely than adults to accidentally receive a dose that is too high. Additionally, medication doses for children often vary from that of adults.
Pediatric doses are generally determined based on the child’s age or weight. Doses calculated according to weight are usually more accurate, especially if the child is smaller or bigger than other kids the same age. Therefore, make sure you know your child’s weight, so you can give the information to your health professional when needed. If you use an over-the-counter medication and the dose on the label only appears based on age, speak to your pharmacist for additional information.
To avoid medication errors in children, here are a few tips.
Giving medication to a child isn’t always easy. Here are a few tips to make things easier:
Speak to your pharmacist if you have any questions related to your child’s health.
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