The Right Children's Dose
May 17, 2011, 5:08 PM
SIOUX FALLS, SD -
Federal health officials are considering making changes to some popular over-the-counter pain relievers and fever reducers for children. The hope is to prevent an overdose.
That's because children's medicine with acetaminophen doesn't have instructions for kids under two. The box just reads, "Talk to your doctor." But now the FDA is considering new labels so parents get it right.
Last year, poison control centers reported more than 7,500 child dosing errors with acetaminophen products. Most involved children under two. What confuses parents is many of these medicines have their own measuring device. One drug may have a cup while another has a dropper. To make it easier and safer, the FDA is considering requiring all of these drugs have the same measuring tool.
"Standardizing a medication syringe, making one type for all types of medication, making sure that it's clearly labeled is very important," Pediatrician Dr. Jessica Sessions said.
The FDA is also considering adding weight dosing in addition to age dosing. Ibuprofen products already have these labels.
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