Accidental medication overdose in young children is an increasingly common, but preventable,
public health problem," Dr. Karen Weiss, program director for the
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research's Safe Use Initiative, said in
an FDA news release.
The FDA also outlined 10 tips that should be followed by parents and caregivers when giving medicine to an infant or child:
Read and follow the Drug Facts label on OTC medicines.
the active ingredient in the medicine. - many medications have the same
ingredients , make sure you compare any medications you are giving your
child. Do not duplicate any ingredients. For instance some cough preparations and allergy preparations have the same ingredients " Diphenhydramine"- which is Benadryl
Use the dosing tool that comes with the medicine.- IF it says consult your physician then don't guess.
Know the difference between a tablespoon and a teaspoon. Each teaspoon is approximately 5 ml.
Know your child's weight.
Give the right medicine, in the right amount. Always ask if you are not sure!
Check the medicine three times.
Ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse which medicines can or can't be used at the same time.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that a recent outbreak of E. coli in multiple states was linked to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona.
“Information collected to date indicates that chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region could be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and could make people sick,” the CDC said in an update on Friday.
The CDC said that no brand, distributor or supplier has been identified in connection with the E. coli outbreak. But it said that anyone who has bought romaine lettuce or salad mixes that contain romaine lettuce should throw it away, and ask restaurants if the romaine lettuce is from the Yuma region. The CDC also advised restaurants against selling any romaine lettuce from Yuma.
The CDC said Thursday that it was investigating an E. coli outbreak across at least seven states; that number increased Friday to 11 states. The outbreak has infected 35 people, 22 of whom have been hospitalized. Three have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a form of kidney failure.
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