Study Finds Medication Dosing Errors in Children Very High

Dr. Janesri De Silva, an urgent care pediatrician in Northridge, interviewed with KFWB Talk Radio regarding a study revealing surprising news: more than 10,000 calls to the Poison Control Center came from liquid medication dosing errors in children. The study found that 47% of the people in the study had reported that they had incorrectly measured the dose.

medication dosing errors in childrenDr. Janesri De Silva analyzed possible reasons as to why these events occur.

She mentions that it begins in your doctor or pediatrician’s office. It’s important for the pediatrician to make sure the parents properly understand the dosages of the medication being prescribed to their children. You should be able to leave your pediatrician’s office confidently knowing what the dosage requirements are. If for any reason you are unsure, then always ask questions.

A common mistake many parents make is to confuse a teaspoon with a tablespoon. Parents use these terms interchangeably, as if they are the same. This is a bad habit to possess because the two measurements are not the same at all.

Sometimes information is not communicated clearly or understood properly. Miscommunication errors happen all of the time. When you drop your child off at a babysitter’s house, sometimes the information given is changed in some way, resulting in miscommunication errors.

And lastly, it can be hard to decipher the directions on the bottle. Sometimes the text is too small to understand.

It’s better to be safe than sorry. Always refer back to your pediatrician or pharmacist if you ever forget what medication dosage your child should be receiving.

Listen to the whole interview with KFWB Talk Radio.

Fireworks Safety Tips – Pediatric Urgent Care – 2014

fireworks safety tipsFireworks are enjoyed by families every 4th of July, but it’s important to be aware of the various dangers that fireworks pose if you decide to host your own show using consumer fireworks. The dangers of fireworks are well documented and a simple Google search could bring up graphic photos, enough to scare you away from handling fireworks forever.

In 2012, emergency rooms in the U.S. treated roughly 8,700 people for fireworks-related incidents. Another interesting fact is that the risk of a fireworks-related injury is highest amongst 15-24 year olds, followed by children under 10. Both kids and teens have the highest chance of a fireworks accident.

Important Fireworks Safety Tips To Be Aware Of

• For children, fireworks should always be supervised or handled by an adult. Children that have to light a firework could hurt themselves in the process from a misunderstanding of how it works. As an adult, you should light your children’s fireworks for them, while you watch it set off together.

• Try to stay away from fireworks that are held in the hand and especially stay away from illegal fireworks that often require a professional to set off. Popular safe choices amongst kids include poppers, party poppers, black snakes, sparklers*, and smoke balls (with the assistance of an adult for lighting purposes).

Always, always, always keep some type of water source nearby, whether it be a hose on hand or a bucket filled with water. You never know when fireworks get out of hand.

• A common mistake people make is attempting to re-light a firework that did not set off the first time. Fireworks will malfunction, it happens. DO NOT attempt to re-light a firework. Instead, get your water and douse it out.

• It’s good habit to douse fireworks that have went off just to make sure a loose spark or flame doesn’t set off when it’s thrown away in a trash can.

Not all cities allow fireworks. Find out if your city allows the use of legal consumer fireworks.

By staying careful and following our fireworks safety tips, you should be able to enjoy your 4th of July with your children and family. The absolute safest route to take on the 4th of July is to attend a licensed show of a fireworks display or find a good view or location to watch fireworks from a distance. In case an accident occurs, make sure to know where your nearest pediatric urgent care facility is.

*be careful of sparklers as they have been reported to be the cause of roughly 31% of fireworks incidents and can reach temperatures up to 2,000 degrees. Yes, two thousand degrees.

Gearing Up For The Summer: Child Sports Injuries

child sports injuriesWith summertime approaching, many parents will sign their kids up for either a summer camp involving various activities including children’s sports, as well as sports leagues: soccer, football, baseball, etc. Unfortunately, child sports injuries are a cause for concern when children engage in any sporting activity.

Child sports injuries will almost always occur unexpectedly, but there are certain actions you can take as a parent, or guardian, to prevent a child from injury.

Sports Injury Prevention

Gear Up! – your children should always be equipped with the latest and greatest equipment. Of course, different sports will use different equipment. Believe it or not, eye injuries are common in children. This could be prevented altogether by considering eye-wear protection.

The Golden Rule – in any sport, there are rules to follow. Simply helping your child understand the rules of any sport could help in preventing a child sports injuries.

Keep Things Organized – by enrolling your child into an organized program (sport and/or summer camp) that is concerned with the safety of all children enrolled, you will decrease your chances of a child sports injury. Organized sports programs will make sure your child is playing with other children that are all relatively close in age, height, weight, and skill level.

H2O – one of the most important proactive measures is to make sure your children are supplied with fluids. Dehydration is very common in children, especially because they will push themselves to the limit without even realizing how hard they are playing. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children take water breaks every 20 minutes when engaging in physical activity.

Fit For Fun – children that are in shape will experience much less sports injuries than those who are not. This seems obvious, but the fact of the matter is that many children aren’t actually in shape. Encouraging your children to perform warm-up exercises is a great way to prevent many strains, sprains, and pulled muscles. Even when your child is not enrolled into an organized program, they should still be exercising year-round. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy either… you could even exercise with your child!

We hope your children have fun this summer, but safety should always be a priority concern. Use our advice to help keep your children from experiencing child sports injuries, resulting in a ruined summer vacation for your child. Nobody wants that… especially kids!