One of the leading causes of death in our country is medication error. Medication errors, in and out of the hospital, tend to occur more frequently in children and in the elderly. When it comes to little ones, adverse drug events occur at a rate three times higher than those experienced by adults. Here is how you can help protect your young children from falling victim to medication errors.
1. Brown Bagging
Some medical professionals call the practice of bringing all of your child’s medication to the doctor “brown bagging.” At least once a year, pack up all of your child’s medication and supplements and take them to your pediatrician. This can help your doctor keep your child’s records up to date.
If your child has any known allergies or you suspect any allergies, be sure to alert the doctor. This can help prevent the medical staff from prescribing anything for your child that may cause harm.
3. Understand the Medication
When you pick up your child’s medication, ask that it is explained to you. You should know the name of the drug, what it is intended to treat, the dosing instructions, the route of administration and any potential side effects.
4. Read the Labels and Inserts
Before you give your child their first dose of medication, read the label and any inserts that came with the prescription. This will give you all of the information you need. If there is anything you don’t understand, call the doctor or pharmacist for clarification before you administer a dose.
5. Side Effects
If you notice any signs of side effects, interactions or allergies, stop administration and call your doctor or pharmacist immediately. Do not assume that it is “no big deal” or that the problem will not persist. Your doctor should be the one to tell you that it is okay to continue the medication.
You are your child’s health advocate. Protecting your child from medication errors is not difficult but it does require that you are diligent. Never be afraid to speak up on behalf of your little one.
If your child has suffered from a medication error in Charleston, you need an attorney you can trust. Call our team today for a free consultation. We will advise you of your options and help you take the next steps forward.