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Medication errors in children can cause serious injuries

Parents in Houston who have children who are sick understand how stressful the situation can be. Luckily, modern medicine usually has options for children to get better. Many times, the options include medication. Medication can help children feel better, but occasionally a medication error, like an incorrect dosage, occurs that causes serious injuries.

Children are, obviously, oftentimes much smaller than adults, so medication mistakes can more easily cause serious injuries, or they can even be lethal. When reviewing medication errors, researchers from Johns Hopkins estimate that 5 percent to -27 percent of these errors involve children. Many times, the medications that are given to children are adult medications and medical providers do not take the time to figure out an accurate dosage for their pediatric patients. Even medications that are common, such as ibuprofen, can cause serious injuries in children if they're given too much.

There are many different safety measures out there to help prevent medication errors in children. For example, medication errors can be sent to the devices in hospitals that administer the medication or a warning may come up on the device if too much dosage of a medication is detected. A safety sheet for parents can show pictures and instructions in plain language to help parents ensure they are giving the correct dosage to their kids.

Medication errors can be deadly in children. If parents believe their child suffered a serious injury or even died because of a medication error, they may want to get more information about medical malpractice claims.

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