Medicine Mistakes: Do You Make Them?

Last week’s announcement that OTC drug manufacturers will no longer produce liquid acetaminophen for infants brought up an issue that’s been percolating for a while: mistakes we make when giving medicine to our children. Some of the most common errors parents have been known to make are:

* using the incorrect dosing tool (whether it’s a household spoon, or a cup or syringe from a different medication)

* basing the amount of medicine on the child’s age, instead of his weight

* using expired meds

* giving medication to a child that was prescribed for her sibling

* giving adult medicines to a child (Note: simply halving or reducing the dose is not safe and never recommended).

Unfortunately it’s not hard to make a mistake like any of these, especially when it’s the middle of the night, and when you’re desperate to offer your child some measure of comfort. Eventually, FDA guidelines will call for clearer packaging and measuring devices, including cups that will still be easy to read even when there’s medicine inside. They won’t contain two sets of measurements, either (do we really need teaspoons when the dosages are given in millileters?).

These steps will help, but not totally solve the problem. I know moms who have made all of the errors listed above, and I’ve done one or two of them myself. How about you? Care to share? Have you ever made a mistake when giving medicine to your child?

Add a Comment
Back To GoodyBlog
  1. by Catherine

    On May 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I do think kids’ medicines are confusing, since they come in so many varieties (infants vs. kids, concentrated vs. not, liquid vs. chewable), etc.

    But no baby acetominophen? How do we treat fevers then?

  2. by Kara Corridan

    On May 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    You’ll still give acetaminophen, but it will be in a much less concentrated form–making it harder to give your child too much. The link above (which wasn’t there earlier) explains a little further.
    We’ve also got this:

  3. by pandora jewelry

    On July 24, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    It is really a nice and useful piece of info. I’m glad that you shared this useful information with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

  4. by alexander wang mirte

    On December 15, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed! Very helpful information specifically the last part :) I care for such info much. I was seeking this particular info for a very long time. Thank you and good luck. & x$ N* N$ O3 w5 H: m2 I. ~7 b

  5. by ghd nz

    On January 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    you will have an incredible blog right here! would you wish to make some invite posts on my blog?

  6. by klik

    On April 12, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    You are so cool! I do not think I’ve read through something like that before. So good to find someone with a few genuine thoughts on this subject matter. Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This website is one thing that is needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

  7. by pomoc-drogowa

    On May 4, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    I appreciate you sharing this blog article.Much thanks again. Really Great.