For a parent or a caregiver with a sick kid who requires some type of medication, the best advice I can give you is: make absolutely sure you know what dose of that drug to give your child.
Unfortunately, according to a recent study in the journal Pediatrics, too many parents don’t heed that warning.
So, in this study of 491 parents of children under the age of 8, the researchers found that 5 in 6 parents (83%) parents made at least one “dosing error”, that is, a mistake in how much of a particular drug to give a child.
However, when given available tools to help them accurately measure the right dose, far fewer parents made dosage errors.
Two key considerations to always keep in mind if you’re in charge of a child’s medications.
And as, your pharmacist can be a terrific help if you’re at all unsure of how much of a drug your child needs.