I don't know about you, but I have a hard remembering how many ounces or teaspoons of medicine to give my kids when they are sick. Most of the bottles say to call a doctor if the child is under two. So, when my baby gets sick in the middle of the night, I am left with not knowing how much to give him.
I was looking at this medical website today that says our Pediatricians might not know exactly how much medicine to give our kids. I find this hard to believe, but the article says doctors aren't given enough training on the dosage amounts for kids.
The News-Medical net article said:
"Children pose particular prescribing problems, say the authors, because the absence of formulations designed specifically for them means that doses have to be individually calculated, increasing the chances of error.
And children are particularly vulnerable to the consequences of a mistake.
Previous research also shows that junior doctors often feel inadequately prepared to prescribe confidently, or don't know which drugs to prescribe for conditions, such as chest infections or anaphylaxis (life threatening allergic reaction)."
There is some good news. The information is partially based on a small survey of doctors . So, I would guess your doctor (as long as he or she has been practicing for a few years) feels more confident than the ones who were polled:
"The authors acknowledge that their research may not reflect a comprehensive picture of prescribing training, but there is currently no validated method of assessment, nor any national standards on the teaching of prescribing medicines for children."
The information is based on research found in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.
Now I am wondering if it is ever a good idea to give my kids medication. If you read my post earlier this week, you know The FDA is concerned about cough and cold medicine for kids. There may be proof they don't work. So, if there is no good training on how much medicine we should give our kids and the FDA says most of it doesn't work, should we be medicating them at all?
I definitely think ibuprofen and acetaminophen have dropped my kids' temperatures in minutes. When I look at all the other over-the-counter medication for kids, I am not sure if they really work. What are your thoughts?