Is Your Child Receiving the Right Dose of Medicine?

According to a recent study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, a large number of parents are over medicating their children. This is due to the fact that a number of parents are accidentally giving their children a larger dosage of over-the-counter liquid medication than what is prescribed. According to an article on CNN:

The study says part of the reason parents may be confused is because a range of measurement units such as teaspoons, tablespoons and milliliters are often used interchangeably on labels for prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Parents who used the teaspoon and tablespoon dosage were much more likely to use kitchen spoons to measure their child’s medication and were twice as likely to make an error in medication, according to the study. Parents who measured their child’s medication in milliliters were much less likely to make a dosage mistake.

About 40% of parents in the study incorrectly measured the dose their doctor prescribed.

Multiple groups are pushing for having millimeters as the only published measurement of dosage in order to help combat some of this confusion. Getting this approved will likely take time. Until that point it is recommended that consumers double check medication labels as well as speak with their children’s medical providers in order to ensure that they are giving their children the right amount of medication. Doing so will help to ensure that children are receiving the amount of medicine that is the safest.

Read More- “Child medication measurements confuse parents” (Caitlin Schmidt, Special to CNN)

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A rising senior at Colgate University, John is currently working as a research fellow with Consumers' Research.

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