I have a huge deadline for tomorrow, no problem, working from home is the best. I've got this! The kids are in bed, and I am on a roll. Then I hear, "mom. I don't feel good" coming from my daughter's bedroom. I go in, touch her forehead, and find she is burning up! Oh, dear. I run to the cabinet and pull out the bottle of children's Tylenol. Oh no! The measuring cup is not in the box! Now what? I recognize that Tylenol is the best medication for fever, but I also know it can be toxic if not administered accurately. There has to be a better way!
Dosing safety Facts
When taken correctly, over the counter (OTC), medications provide needed relief from a variety of aches, pains, and discomforts for our children. However, the prevalence and potential consequences of incorrectly administering these medications are not merely widespread but dangerous.
Recalls and health risks are more prevalent than you may think. Just this week GSK Consumer Healthcare is voluntarily recalling to the retail level two lots (Children's Robitussin® Honey Cough and Chest Congestion DM and one lot of Children's Dimetapp® Cold and Cough, due to the inclusion of incorrect dosing cups
Dispensing medicine without certainty can lead to giving your child either too much medicine, causing an overdose, or not enough, causing it to be ineffective in treating your child's symptoms. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, each year, over 70,000 children visit emergency departments because of unintentional medication overdoses.
Control What You Can Control
The Correct Dose for children products gives parents peace of mind.
Our pre-measured, single-dose pain/fever (acetaminophen) and allergy (diphenylamine) medications for children offer dosing safety by containing the exact amount of medicine prescribed in each single-use vial.
Liquid medications can be tricky, but proper dosing is essential, especially for young children.
While Other children's liquid medicines come with measuring devices like cups or syringes, Correct Dose medications are in pre-measured single-use vials, no measuring required.
The cups in most liquid OTC medications are large enough that they can contain twice the recommended dosage, making it easy to make a dosing error. Syringes still require the act of filling from the bottle. These tools not only increase the chance of inaccurate measurement but also have the risk of contamination with multiple uses. Correct dose vials have no contamination risk.
When You Need Help
If a parent or caregiver suspects an overdose, time is of the essence. Call the Poison Control Center. Most parents know that the Poison Control Center can help in emergencies, but many aren't aware that it's not just for emergencies. It is staffed by nurses, physicians, and pharmacists with specialized poison center training, and a toxicologist is always on call. These professionals are available to answer questions, including how to take or give medicine.
The free and confidential Poison Help Line is available 24/7 and can be a lifesaver when no one else is available, like late at night, when you need to reduce your child's fever. Parents should program the number in their cell phones and post it on the refrigerator or elsewhere in the home where babysitters and caregivers can see it. They can text "POISON" to 797979 to save the poison control contact information into their smartphone. Many think the phone number for the Poison Control Center varies in different parts of the country. The number is the same everywhere in the United States: 1-800-222-1222. And you can reach out to them via the web, here: www.PoisonHelp.org.
More Information about Correct Dose Children's Products
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