Parents Giving Kids Too Much Or Wrong Medication When They're Sick
With flu season just around the corner, you will want to watch what medicines you Are giving your child.
NBC Right Now-- With flu season just around the corner, you will want to watch what medicines you are giving your child.
A new study shows just how often parents mistakenly give their children too much medicine, and sometimes kids are given the wrong medicine.
Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio analyzed calls to poison control centers between 2002 and 2012.
During that time nearly 700,000 children under age seven were victims of a medication error that occurred outside of a hospital, that is about one child every eight minutes.
Many of the cases involved giving the wrong amount of medicine, or multiple doses by different caregivers who did not communicate effectively.
Sometimes kids were even given medicine meant for a sibling.
There were also reports of caregivers doubling up on doses in hopes it will cure children more quickly, which is an ineffective and potentially dangerous idea, according to doctors.
Fortunately, most cases did not require medical treatment. If you think you may have given your child too much medicine or the wrong kind, there is a number to post in your kitchen and save in your cell phone, and that's to reach Poison Control.That number is 1-800-222-1222.