Monday, October 20, 2014
Don't overdo the acetaminophen for kids
And it's the parents' fault.
A new study in Pediatrics shows parents are quick to dose kids with over-the-counter meds.
Liquid OTC preparations are as common as food now.
But they are medicine--and they can be dangerous.
Tylenol posts a safety chart and the FDA says, as of 2008, kids under age 2 should not be given OTC cough and cold medications.
Some advice a la Mayo Clinic: Be sure your child needs the medicine--a low fever can burn out an infection--why push it down right away?
Often the child is fussy or even hysterically uncomfortable--things can get chaotic. One common event is to dose the child twice.