Study: Majority of parents give children wrong dosage of medicin - Tucson News Now

Study: Majority of parents give children wrong dosage of medicine

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PIMA COUNTY, AZ ( Tucson News Now) -

Parents, your small mistake could put your child in the hospital this cold and flu season.

According to the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, last year roughly 1,500 children under five years ago were treated for medicine overdose in Pima County alone.

The number was a little lower for children ages 6-19 years old.

Last year, 1,200 kids in Southern Arizona were treated for medicine exposure.

According to the study published in Pediatrics, more than 65 percent of parents are unknowingly overdosing their children, and more than 80 percent of parents are making a dosing error when giving their children medication.

Local experts at the University of Arizona say the mistakes could be dangerous and potentially deadly.

Hanna Phan, associate professor in  the UA College of Pharmacy, says parents need to ask questions.

“Communication between you, your pharmacist, your physician, your nurse about what medications you’re giving, the concentration of that medication, because liquids do come in variable concentrations, as well as the amount in terms of volume,” Phan said.

She also recommends parents use oral syringes instead of dosing cups.

It is easier to see just how much medication you are giving your child and that reduces the risk of a deadly mistake.

“There are still devices out there that you will see over the counter, that are still going to have those little measuring cups in them. If you don’t feel comfortable using them given this new study, feel free to go to the pharmacist counter and ask them what is the best way of administering this medication to your child,” Phan said.

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