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article imageCorrect dosages important in medicating children Special

By KJ Mullins     Nov 12, 2010 in Health
Toronto - When it comes to giving your children medicine dosage is key, experts say. In the past, over-the-counter medications and prescriptions used age and weight as the guidelines. That is changing in the wake of over and under dosages of medication.
Kids aren't one size fits all. One six-year-old can be 30 pounds while his classmate is 75 pounds. That range of size makes a big difference when it comes to medication.
In the past larger children were not responding to the lower dosages. At times parents would give more medication before it was time to help stop coughs and other symptoms. That at times led to over-dosages, say experts at a health expo held in Toronto's Metro Convention Centre.
At the same time smaller children of the same age were getting too much medication and ending up in emergency rooms with an overdose.
Today dosages should be given out using a child's weight as the only guide.
In the case of cough medication that weight is important. Until a child weighs a certain amount cough medication does not appear to be helpful.
Canadian company Accudial is using this knowledge when it comes to their children's medications, according to a representative at the event. Their medication bottles have a rotating dosing label in order for all children to have the proper dosage. The company is in the process of designing a new locking system for oral syringes that will make accidental poisoning even less common.
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