When it comes to a sick child, any parent wants to find a way to make their child feel better. Unfortunately, there are real risks that are associated with medication use in children. Parents must use extra diligence in order to keep their children safe when administering any type of medication, especially prescription strength drugs. Studies have shown that the risks associated with injury caused by medication use are significant.
Nine Statistics About Injuries Caused by Medication Use in Children
Think medication use is not a real danger when it comes to children? Consider the following statistics:
- A study performed by the director of the Center for Pediatric Trauma Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, showed that a child receives the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of medication every eight minutes in the United States.
- In addition, nearly 700,000 children under age 6 experienced a medication error between 2002 and 2012. These errors occurred while the children were not hospitalized.
- During that time period, 25 children died and 1,900 children were critically injured.
- More than 25 percent of errors involved a child receiving the prescribed dosage twice.
- In addition, 8 out of every 10 errors involved liquid medications.
- Approximately 25 percent of errors involved pain relievers and cough and cold medicines.
- Approximately 15 percent of the errors were associated with antihistamine use.
- Antibiotics made up another 12 percent of prescription drug errors in children.
- Medications causing the highest rate of hospitalization or death in children involved muscle relaxants, cardiovascular drugs, and mental health drugs.
If your child was injured as a result of taking a medication, it is important to seek legal guidance in order to protect your legal rights. We encourage you to contact us today at 888-526-7616 for more information.