Parents or other adults who are charged with giving children prescribed medication at home face the very real danger of making medication errors if they do not follow the right steps for dispensing medication.
Recent research has shown that errors in giving medication to children at home are not uncommon, and can consist of giving children either too much or too little of a prescribed drug. In cases where children were left to dispense their own medication, the potential for error increases significantly.
Here are some tips on preventing medication errors in children:
- Keep all medications in one place and pay attention to expiration dates.
- Ask the doctor to provide the medication instructions to you in writing, including the proper dose and the time of day for administering the medication.
- If you do not understand the dosing instructions, ask for clarification.
- Use the proper equipment for dosing – utilize a pill splitter to cut pills instead of a knife, and a medicine cup instead of a spoon.
- Don’t put your child in charge of his or her own medications, since children – even teenagers – tend to forget or fail to follow instructions.
- Do not stop a medication without telling your doctor.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of a medical mistake, our Texas medical malpractice attorneys have the experience and resources to help you through this difficult time and obtain just compensation for your injuries. Please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.