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Health Tip: Medication for Children

How to avoid errors

(HealthDayNews) -- Medication errors can occur at any age, but the consequences can be most grave when the mistake involves a child.

Here are some medication safety tips, courtesy of St. Louis Children's Hospital:

  • Always read the label before each dose, regardless of how many times you've given the medication.
  • Never measure doses or administer medications in the dark.
  • Use the appropriate measuring device.
  • If a liquid medication comes with a dose cup, don't assume your child's dose is the full cup.
  • Use your child's weight, not his age, to determine the dose.
  • Only give a prescription medication to the child for whom it was prescribed.
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