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.
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.