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Dangerous and Defective Drugs If you put your trust in a pharmaceutical company and were hurt by their product, you deserve compensation for your suffering.
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Wrong Dosage Common forms of medication error: incorrect dosage error. Order our free book to learn how to protect yourself and your family from wrong dosage errors.
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Five Biggest Child Medication Mistakes That Parents Make

David W. Hodges
Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law

Parents only want the best for their children, so when a child is sick a mother and father will do anything to make him well again. Unfortunately, if these parents are misinformed about their children’s prescription medications, they may end up doing more harm than good.

Here are the top five ways parents can make serious child prescription drug mistakes:

  • Using expired medications. Drugs children take “as needed” should be checked for expiration before dosing. Expired medicines are usually less effective, and parents may be tempted to double the dose rather than refill the medication, causing potential side effects in the child.
  • The “making sure” dose. Children will often resist taking medication if it doesn’t taste good or they hate swallowing a pill. But even if a child spits out his medicine, enough may have entered his bloodstream to be effective, and giving another full dose could be dangerous. 
  • Discontinuing medications. Some parents will see that their children are getting better as an excuse to stop a medication before its recommended term. However, many prescriptions (especially antibiotics) are meant to be used for the full term; if they are discontinued, the child’s illness may come back.
  • Upping the dosage. Parents sometimes become impatient if they feel a drug isn’t working fast enough, and add an extra teaspoon or so to the child’s dose. Unfortunately, the extra medication will not speed up the recovery, but it can increase the risk of side effects.
  • Failure to educate the child. Many parents attempt to fool children into taking medicine by slipping it into their food, or by calling it “candy.” Unfortunately, these practices keep children unaware of the dangers of prescription drugs and can lead to child to believe that a sweet-tasting medication is harmless.

Our pharmacy error lawyers know that many of these errors are not the parents’ fault. Doctors and pharmacists have a responsibility to educate parents about their children’s medications, including answering all questions and responding when something goes wrong.

If your child has suffered a medication error injury, we can advise you of your legal rights in your FREE, one-on-one consultation. Call Kennedy Hodges today at (888) 526-7616, or fill out the contact form above.

Need more information on drug injury cases? You can order our free book, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.