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FDA Panel: Correct Acetaminophen Dose Depends on Kids' Weight

Infant Drug Labels Should Spell Out Dose; Industry Backs New Rule

Avoiding Acetaminophen Overdose

To avoid these errors -- as well as accidental overdoses by children themselves -- the CHPA offers this advice:

  • Always read and follow the label.
  • Only use the medicine that treats your child’s specific symptoms.
  • Store ALL of your family’s medicines, including products you use every day, high up and out of sight from children.
  • Put medicines away -- out of reach and out of sight -- EVERY time you use them.
  • Always lock the child safety cap completely every time you use a medicine.
  • Always tell children what medicines are, and do not refer to them as candy.
  • Remind house guests not to put medicines in purses, bags, coats, or other places small children can get into.
  • Keep the poison control help line number handy, or program it into your phone: 800-222-1222.

 

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