Kids & Medicine: Know Your Dose

January 18, 2017
in Kids

This post is brought to you by the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition’s Know Your Dose campaign. It was the middle of the night. I was holding a screaming child and feeling very helpless. I don’t think there is anything that makes me feel more out of control as a mom than when my kids are sick. Sobs, screams, uncomfortable wiggling, hot and sweaty. I just want to make it go away. At this moment there are options. Things that can be done to give comfort beyond a hug, but the last thing I want to do is make the situation worse. It can happen easily when accidentally exceeding the maximum daily dose of acetaminophen. This sometimes happens because many people don’t realize over 600 over-the-counter and prescription medications contain acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is safe and effective when it is used as directed, but there is a limit on...

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