Thursday, September 16, 2010

Children and non-prescription drugs

There's usually a tendency for parents to just give anything that they can grab from the medicine cabinet or from the fridge (it's where we keep our kids' meds) during panic mode.

Sometimes, the meds work out just fine, but as our doctor said, there's always a side-effect to any medicine taken. And much more if it is the wrong one.

Parents, let us beware of this one -- we may be putting in danger the bundle of joy we adore.

Read on...
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Child health at risk from non-prescription drugs

LISBON : Many parents give their children too large or frequent doses of non-prescription medicines for fever, coughs and colds, putting their health at risk, according to an Australian study released Monday.

"Many children are being put at risk by parents' over-use of widely-available over the counter medicines for fever, coughs and colds," concluded the study by University of Sydney researchers presented at a conference of the International Pharmaceutical Federation.

"We were surprised and concerned to find that some people thought that medicines must be safe because you can buy them without prescription," said Rebekah Moles, who headed up the study of 97 parents and day care centre employees.

"Taking all the scenarios together, 44 per cent of participants would have given an incorrect dose, and only 64 per cent were able to measure accurately the dose they intended to give," said Moles.

Only 14 per cent managed the fever scenario correctly.

The noted that 48 per cent of calls in 2008 to the New South Wales Poisons Information Centre, which receives all out of hours calls from around Australia, concerned accidental overdose in children, with 15 per cent needing hospitalisation.

Australia is unlikely to be a special case, the researchers said, and they believe that the inappropriate use of children's medicines is widespread throughout the world.

"It is vital that parents worldwide should understand the proper usage of medicines so that they do not continue to put their children's health at risk," said Moles.

- AFP/il


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From ChannelNewsAsia.com; source article is below:Child health at risk from non-prescription drugs
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