Dosing instructions for children’s OTC medicines potentially dangerous
Parents, you may know this first hand, but here is confirmation for you.
The Los Angeles Times (12/1, Roan) reports that, according to a study published online Nov. 30 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, “many over-the-counter, liquid medications meant for children contain dosing instructions and measuring cups or droppers that rarely match each other and could confuse even the most careful parent or caretaker.” As a result, “this could easily lead to under- or over-dosing, with potentially dangerous consequences, researchers said.”
Our recommendation. If you you have questions, call your doctor. You can also talk to the the manufacturer for clarification. Most have 1-800 numbers on the label to help guide you.
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