By January of this year we’ve already had a cold and the flu twice and with having small children it’s easily passed around everyone in our house.
I know to always stay prepared with the many items we need during cold and flu season but I never did make sure to stay safe and prepared with the correct knowledge for dosing my children when they are sick.
One of the most common drugs in the U.S. is acetaminophen. It is found in more than 600 different over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medicines. It’s safe and effective when used as directed, but there’s a limit to how much you can take in one day and parents should be aware of correct dosage amounts.
First up, double check all dosing amounts also make a note what medicines in your cabinets for cold and flu you are using having acetaminophen in them.
I still remember the night my oldest daughter was 5 and I had a newborn. We were sick and we were awake all night. I can think of a few nights like this where I wasn’t watching how much I was actually dosing.
A research study published earlier this year shows that the odds of Americans taking more than the FDA-recommended maximum dose of 4,000 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen in one day increased 24 percent during cold and flu season. That means that I have probably given my children too much acetaminophen without realizing it.
The best thing you can always do is write down how many doses you have given throughout the day. Plus make sure you always use the dosing device that comes with the medicine. Also make sure you are only taking one medicine with acetaminophen in it.
I know as a parent I want my girls to just feel better fast and no parent wants to harm their child in any way. This is just another reminder to slow down and take notice even when our kiddos are sick. Making sure each dose is proper is just as important as fighting the fevers.
It’s really all about happy healthy children and this is a great reminder for cold and flu season.
Learn more about proper dosing at KnowYourDose.org this cold and flu season.