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We Need to Stop Guessing When Medicating Our Babies

Posted by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 12:47 PM
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We Need to Stop Guessing When Medicating Our Babies

Posted by April Peveteaux
on June 1, 2011 at 2:15 PM

baby tylenol doseHow many times has this happened to you? It's the middle of the night and your baby wakes up crying, with a fever. You grab the infant Tylenol and have no idea how much to give your hot little guy or gal. If you're like me, you search your memory bank for what the pediatrician said at your last visit about dosing according to your baby's weight. Then take a wild guess.

We all know that isn't the safest way to fight a fever or offer pain relief, and now the FDA is looking into taking action on clear acetaminophen packaging so parents aren't in the dark when dosing their children under the age of two. Hooray! And -- why did this take so long?

You're probably familiar with the back of a bottle of infant or child acetaminophen. The one that offers a big blank box when your child is under the age of two, and the bold statement to consult your child's doctor. Which, of course, we all should do. But when you're at a baby well-visit, and you're all about finding out how much your little one has grown, and talking vaccines, you may not remember to ask for -- much less, write down -- the proper dose of acetaminophen for your baby. Additionally, your pediatrician may not be up at 3am, when your sweaty baby is screaming his head off.

We need guidelines that are readily available during those witching hours when everyone is sleep-deprived and not thinking clearly. Of course we should be talking to our child's physician, but having specific guidelines on the package of pain reliever, is absolutely necessary to prevent overdosing in our tiny babies. Who are, of course, much more susceptible to the effects of medication in their little bodies.

I've guessed on a pain reliever dose for my baby before, you probably have to, and thank goodness to no ill effect. But just because I've been lucky, doesn't mean everyone is going to escape unscathed.

Do you guess at your baby's dosage of acetaminophen?

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by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 12:47 PM
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LyTe684
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 12:49 PM
Nope. No guessing here.
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kaygarcia97
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 12:49 PM

nope no guessing here. I have it memorized and if I did forget I have it written down and taped to the fridge. Same with my 2 year olds meds too. 

mollymae09
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 12:52 PM
Luckily my doctor sent home a dosing chart when we had his first check up. Comes in SO handy!!
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O1j9a1n9n8a6t
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 12:52 PM

 What!! Really?? If the dosage isn't on the bottle then its written on the bottle...this purpose is for us and for any babysitters/grandparents who may be with our kids. The kids name and their dose is in black letters impossible to miss. And with having 4 kids I've seen the charts of dosing sooo many times its like second nature to know...but I don't and don't like to give my kids meds to often...their body has a fever for a reason...cool rags, movie, and some crackers usually I can get it to drop pretty quick.

cerainwondrland
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 12:56 PM

If you don't know the right dose why would you still give it to your baby?

I heard their getting rid of infant tylenol completely because people are ODing there kids...

infant tylenol is concentrated,its way more powerful than the childrens kind

la_bella_vita
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 12:59 PM
No guessing here
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grapejelly
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 1:32 PM

nope i use a fever sheet my doc gave us that has weights and dosages on it

chcon
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 1:33 PM
Same here, so no need to guess.

Quoting mollymae09:

Luckily my doctor sent home a dosing chart when we had his first check up. Comes in SO handy!!
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Aamy
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 1:33 PM

We dont guess ... I WRITE IT DOWN ........ its on a sticky around the bottle ...... that way DH knows, i know, or my inlaws would know. 



JasonsMom2007
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 1:35 PM
No guessing. If I don't know I call the nurseline. If I have any questions about the dosage on the label I call
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