Caring for children requires parents to be cautious and educated about medicine in order to protect children from accidental poisonings, dangerous medications, or other medication mistakes that could cause children harm. Because children are small in size and are not fully developed, they are more likely to be victims of dangerous drug mistakes due to the wrong medication or wrong dosage of medication being given to them.
Here are some tips for parents to help prevent prescription mistakes:
- Verify with the pharmacist that the correct prescription was filled. Check the medication label, dosage information, and instructions before leaving the pharmacy.
- Know the right way to measure liquid doses of medication. Ask the pharmacist to show you because many parents make overdosing mistakes with liquid medications. For this reason, get an oral syringe – never use a household spoon – and reread the instructions before measuring your child’s dose.
- Never let your child play with the medication bottles, even if the caps are child-resistant. Children have been known to get the caps off and overdose.
- Store all medication in one single spot in the house that is out of reach of children so that your kids cannot access any prescription medications without your help.
- Don’t give infants and children under two years of age any cough and cold products.
- If leaving your child with his or her grandparents, make sure medications are all put away and explain to your elderly parents that two in ten medication poisonings for children involve grandparents’ medicines that are often located in daily pill holders, purses or sitting on tables or shelves.
If your child was injured by a negligent pharmacist, call Kennedy Hodges, L.L.P. at 888-526-7616 for a free consultation, and talk with an experienced pharmacy error attorney to find out about your rights.