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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Mobile Apps Make Reading Fun for Children With Dyslexia, Occupational Therapist Says
Mobile apps and daily visual activities can encourage children with dyslexia to participate in reading exercises, says Lenin Grajo Ed.M., instructor of occupational science and occupational therapy at Saint Louis University. (via ScienceDaily)

Acetaminophen in Infancy Again Tied to Asthma, Study Suggests
Babies given acetaminophen for fevers and aches may have a heightened risk of asthma symptoms in their preschool years, according to a Danish study. (via Fox News)

Dance Intervention Improves Self-Rated Health of Girls With Internalizing Problems
A dance intervention program improved the self-rated health of Swedish girls with internalizing problems, such as stress and psychosomatic symptoms, according to a new study. (via ScienceDaily)

CPS ‘Healthy Snack And Beverage’ Proposal Could Ban Gatorade, Whole Milk, Sugary Drinks
Chicago Public Schools this week could move to ban the sale of a swath of snacks and drinks deemed unhealthy as part of its broader “Healthy CPS” initiative. (via Huffington Post)

Kansas Board Of Education To Discuss Role Of Cursive Writing In School Curricula At Tuesday Meeting
The Kansas State Board of Education will discuss the role of cursive handwriting in school curricula during its monthly meeting on Tuesday, the Wichita Eagle reports. (via Huffington Post)

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A Reminder to Double-Check Acetaminophen Dosages

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

You probably heard the news in May when major manufacturers of liquid acetaminophen, who previously made different strengths of the medicine, agreed to switch to production of a single concentration of 160 mg/5 mL in an effort to reduce dosing errors and prevent accidental poisonings in infants. But because this change to a less-concentrated version was voluntary, not all manufactures have made the change, leading to some justified confusion. Now, the FDA is reminding consumers to carefully read labels of liquid acetaminophen marketed for infants.

To avoid giving the wrong dose to your child, make sure you know whether you’re giving the less-concentrated liquid acetaminophen or the older, more-concentrated version, and follow these guidelines from the FDA:

-Read the Drug Facts label on the package very carefully to identify the concentration of the liquid acetaminophen, the correct dosage, and the directions for use.
-Do not depend on a banner proclaiming that the product is “new.” Some medicines with the old concentration also have this headline on their packaging.
-Use only the dosing device provided with the purchased product in order to correctly measure the right amount of liquid acetaminophen.
-Consult your pediatrician before giving this medication and make sure you’re both talking about the same concentration. (If your M.D. prescribes a 5mL dose of the less-concentrated liquid acetaminophen, but you give your child 5mL of the older, more-concentrated medicine, your child could have a potentially fatal overdose.)                                                                                                                                                                          -Check with your pediatrician for dosing instructions for children under 2 years.


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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Two Families Bond After Child’s Death Saves Another
Eva Perez’s son died after a sledding accident when he was 6 years old. She and her husband agreed to donate his organs. His liver saved the life of a young girl with hepatitis.

Studies Suggest an Acetaminophen-Asthma Link
In November, Dr. John T. McBride, a pediatrician at Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio, published a paper in the journal Pediatrics arguing that the evidence for a link between acetaminophen and asthma is now strong enough for doctors to recommend that infants and children who have asthma (or are at risk for the disease) avoid acetaminophen.

Baby Sleep Deaths Preventable, but Many Parents Ignore Safety
Over the last decade, about 20 babies a year died in Cuyahoga County because of unsafe sleeping arrangements that include sleeping with another person or with plush toys or other hazards.

Photo of Duggars’ Stillborn Baby Released
Reality-TV stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar found a way to commemorate the life of what would have been their 20th child had Michelle not miscarried last week during her second trimester: They handed out black-and-white photos of the stillborn baby girl at a memorial service Wednesday.

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FDA Advisors Vote to Include Acetaminophen Dosing Instructions for Infants

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

The FDA’s Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee and the Pediatric Advisory Committee met yesterday morning to discuss adding dosing directions for infants to the labels of medication containing acetaminophen

Currently, labels instruct parents to consult pediatricians first before dosing kids under 2 years old.  The advisory committees voted in three rounds (two were unanimous) to have future labels include dosing instructions for children as young as 6 months.  The dosing instructions were to be based on weight, not age, for accuracy.

As over-the-counter drug manufacturers move toward a standard acetaminophen concentration for liquid medicine, based on a mandate by the FDA, the advisory committees also voted that pills, chewables, and meltaway tablets should also have one standard acetaminophen concentration in the future.

Incorrect dosing of acetaminophen, which is commonly used to relieve symptoms of pain and fever in young children, can lead to liver poisoning.  If the FDA agrees to what the committees advise, infant medicine containing acetaminophen will have clearer instructions in the future.

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Infants’ Tylenol Being Updated, Plus Tips on Giving Medicine to Kids

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Tylenol Infants SyringeIn light of last week’s acetaminophen news, Parents spoke to Dr. Edward Kuffner, M.D., Vice President, OTC Medical Affairs & Clinical Research for McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the makers of Tylenol. Tylenol, part of Johnson & Johnson, is already in the process of making changes to their infants’ and children’s products, says Kuffner.

Along with other OTC medicine manufacturers, Tylenol will be standardizing the acetaminophen doses for infants and children. Currently, Tylenol has removed their infants’ medication from store shelves so only children’s medication is available, but they will still remain separate products.  This means infants’ medication will be back in stores in time for the upcoming cold and flu season.

Formulas are also remaining the same, but bottles and dosing equipment will be updated. Infants’ and Children’s liquid Tylenol will have enhanced bottles with flow restrictors that will prevent spilling, provide ease of dispensing, and stop kids from drinking out of the bottle easily.  Infants’ Tylenol will also have a new dosing device, a clearly-marked syringe that will provide accurate dosing and administration.   Children’s Tylenol will still include a clearly-marked cup.

Right now, all OTC (not just Tylenol) infants’ and children’s medication do not include proper dosing information for children under 2.  Instead, labels instruct parents to consult pediatricians.  Tylenol is also working with the FDA to change this to include proper dosing instructions for children 6 months and up.  Parents with children under 6 months should still consult pediatricians.

Tylenol also has these helpful tips, formed from the acronym NURSE, for giving medicines to infants and children:

Never give adult medicines to children.
Use the measuring device  (syringe, dropper, dosage cup) that comes with the medicine every time you use it. Don’t use kitchen spoons (teaspoons or tablespoons).
Read and follow instructions on the label. Never give more than the recommended dose and do not give the medication more frequently than recommended.
Store all medicines out of the reach of children.  Immediately following use, always restore the child resistant cap and put the medicine back into a high and out of sight location.
Every child grows.  Know the infant’s or child’s weight and/or age to help determine the appropriate dosage.

Dr. Kuffner says it’s always best to dose according to your child’s weight instead of age, since it’s more accurate.  If you don’t know your child’s weight, dose by age or consult a doctor.

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Over-the-Counter Infant Medicine with Acetaminophen Will No Longer Be Produced

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Consumer Healthcare Products AssociationStarting as early as June, over-the-counter drug manufacturers will no longer produce acetaminophen in concentrated liquid drops for infants.  Acetaminophen, a common ingredient in various OTC medications for children, is included to reduce symptoms of pain and fever.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), a non-for-profit group that represents OTC drug manufacturers, decided on this step to reduce dosing errors and prevent accidental poisonings in infants.  Currently, liquid acetaminophen is sold in two concentrations: 80 mg/0.8 mL or 80 mg/1.0 mL, with droppers for infants; 160 mg/5 mL, with cups for children ages 2-11.  The two different concentrations have often caused confusion, leading parents to give kids incorrect doses due to badly-marked droppers or cups. 

Johnson & Johnson and other drug manufacturers will cease production of the 80 mg/0.8 mL and the 80 mg/1.0 mL concentrations through 2012.  Instead, 160 mg/5 mL will become the standard concentration for all ages, along with cups for older kids and new syringes with flow restrictors for infants, which will provide accurate dosing and reduce spills.  Most medications with acetaminophen do not have proper dosing instructions for kids under 2 years; instead, the labels instruct parents to contact pediatricians.  Tylenol, produced by Johnson & Johnson, will be working on a case to urge the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to include correct acetaminophen dosing information for children 6 months and up on labels.

For now, both concentrations will still be on shelves until CHPA can work with retailers to remove the infant concentrations.  Parents can keep acetominophen medications they already have or purchase them in stores, but read labels and dosing directions carefully.  Always consult a trusted pediatrician to clarify the concentration of your child’s dose, especially if you have any questions or concerns.

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