By Andy Merrett
Apr 23, 2006
Parents must pay attention to medication safety
A new study in the April edition of the Journal of Advanced Nursing reveals that over 50% of feverish children are given incorrect doses of medicine.
And parents are also prone to giving incorrect doses of paracetamol and ibuprofen without leaving sufficient gaps between doses.
“Our review found that overdosing with ibuprofen is now a particular concern, both in terms of dosage and frequency,” says nurse researcher Anne Walsh from Queensland University of Technology in Australia. “We also discovered that some parents are giving their children one fever-reducing drug and then trying another type within a few hours if the first one doesn’t have the desired result.”
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