Category Archives: medication issues

Children liquid medication dosing errors. What should you do?

Children liquid medication dosing errors.  What should you do? In 2015, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a recommendation that metric-based dosing for all orally administered liquids be used with a tool with standard markings.  This is because children often … Continue reading

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Cough medicine used as a drink?

We are mid “the coughing months” where as a provider I have patients with a cough that may benefit from a codeine cough syrup.  I am growing weary of prescribing promethazine with codeine as this can be doctored into a drink.  … Continue reading

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Babies need vitamin D

Osteomalacia, also known as “rickets,”  is bone weakness resulting from Vitamin D deficiency.  We now know that breastfed babies and formula fed babies need Vitamin D supplementation.  Formula has Vitamin D in it, but not enough Vitamin D until the … Continue reading

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Teething medications to avoid…

Teething medication .  It sounds like a good idea. . . to make the mouth numb.  But, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the topical pain relievers are not effective because they wash out of the child’s … Continue reading

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Honey as a treatment for cough

Over-the-counter cough medicines are often ineffective and may be harmful to children with cough. The FDA warns against cough and cold medicines for children under age 6. So, as an alternative to these medicines, a study was done to show … Continue reading

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Drugs of abuse: On the grocery shelves?!

Bath salts and synthetic cannabinoids are being sold in stores throughout the world.  Their labels may read “not to be taken internally” but are often snorted (by nasal insufflation) or injected. They are highly addictive.  Repetitive dosing every 3 or four hours … Continue reading

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2 Tylenol changes: Packages recalled AND Change in medication strength.

Recall:  Tylenol has recalled nearly 600,000 infant Tylenol packages.  Click onto the Tylenol website below to see if your bottle needs to be returned. http://www.tylenol.com/page2.jhtml?id=tylenol/news/subp_tylenol_recall_8.inc Strength change: Liquid acetaminophen for infants has always been available in one dose.  That dose … Continue reading

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Got an itch? Your doctor should be asking some of the following questions. . .

If you are itching, there is more to the story.  There are other parts to the history and physical to investigate. Any new cosmetics or creams? They can cause allergic contact dermatitis, hives or even sensitivity to the sun. New … Continue reading

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“Hot” off the press! Change in teething care.

For all of you who care for  young children . . . the FDA has issued a warning to NOT give over  the counter teething medication to children under age 2.  Here is why. . . benzocaine products, such as Anbesol and … Continue reading

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How much is a spoonful of sugar?

The National Safety Council’s data shows that non-narcotic and non-hallucinogenic drugs killed over 9,000 Americans in 2003 (most recent data). The importance of the DOSE and the FREQUENCY of medication cannot be understated. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, research … Continue reading

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