FDA To Start Labeling Medicine Meant For Young Children

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Avoiding overdoses.  The FDA has agreed to major changes to some popular over-the-counter children’s pain relievers.

Kai Jackson explains the new information that could save your child’s life.

Medication labeling for children under age two is an idea many parents would like to see fast-tracked to prevent accidents or tragedies.

When children are sick, over-the-counter medications can be wonder drugs.

“You don’t know if it’s too little, if it’s too much,” said one parent.

That’s because children’s medicine with acetaminophen doesn’t have dosage directions for children under two.  The label tells parents to consult their pediatrician.  Doctors say that’s not enough.

“We not only need to use the right dose but we need to use it at the right interval,” said Dr. Jessica Sessions, pediatrician.

Apparently an FDA panel agrees.  They voted unanimously in favor of adding doses for children six months to two years old to over-the-counter acetaminophen formulas. 

Dr. Charles Shubin is a pediatrician at Mercy Medical Center.

“What they’re recommending now is that there will be dosage guidelines for children from six months to two years,” Shubin said.

It’s a problem that health experts say results in 7,500 dosing errors each year.

“I usually try to go by the recommended dose,” said Greg Coffey, who can do that because his children are older.

“Then you gotta monitor them also to make sure you don’t overdose the children,” said George Watford.

The FDA is also considering requiring all drugs to have the same measuring tool to prevent overdoses.

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  1. DOCSRUS says:

    Ok, You did good. Please continue with additional useful activities. Lets go for a streak!

  2. sheriff says:

    In the name of safety, the government is taking over your lives. All the labels in the world you can wipe your a$$ with as it’s the people in control positions or the average schlep on the production line that can make a difference & it all adds to the cost of medicine which rules in this country with the drug lobbyists.

    1. DOCSRUS says:

      Willie or Sheriff or Sheriff Willie? arent you the same guy that applies derogatory labels (potheads) to 30 million Americans that speak out in defense of their right to choose there own intoxicants or medications? Kinda like all of the alcoholics get to do regardless of the extreme detriment to society? Im surprised by the last half of your last sentence! Did you swap out your old 8mm “reefer madness” films for some modern scientific journals? I like the new and improved Sheriff Willie! Please come back and visit again.

  3. SILLYMAN MICHAELS says:

    ITS LIKE HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE IN CAR ACCIDENTS AT VARIOUS
    INTERSECTIONS BEFORE THE IDIOTS PUT UP TRAFFIC LIGHTS..I’D BE INTERESTED IN KNOWING HOW MANY INNOCENT CHILDREN HAVE DIED FROM
    WRONG MEDS GIVIN TO THEM FDA WAKE UP DO YOUR JOBS RIGHT

    1. Sarah F. says:

      It shouldn’t be the FDA’s responsibility! It’s the parent’s job, and I speak as a parent of two.

  4. T says:

    Maybe I’m stupid, but I don’t get why this is such a big issue. My 17 yr old was once under 2 and I used Children’s Tylenol when needed without incident. I simply called our pediatrician (as indicated on the label), explained the symptoms, got the dosage, and went on our way.

    And liquid measurements are the same no matter if you use a cup, a dropper, etc. For ease of use, I just kept a dropper from another bottle of children’s medicine and used that.

    While I do think instructions should be consistent across the board, maybe parents need to use some common sense and logical deduction.

  5. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE ON ANY MEDICATION AT ALL. WHEN IS WAS GROWING UP MANY YEARS AGO MY MOTHER WOULD GIVE ME A ASPERIN WHEN I HAD A COLD FOR FEVER. GIVING CHILDREN ANY KIND OF PILLS IS VERY UNHEALTHY AND MAY CAUSE PROBLEMS LATER ON IN LIFE.

  6. momof4 says:

    Medications like tylenol and motrin are safe when used properly. They’re not talking about any extreme meds here. But it does get annoying to not list the dosage for little ones, esp when they wake up with a high fever at 3am! also, aspirin should never be given to a child. This should have been done long ago!

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