When people think about medication errors, senior citizens typically come to mind. We believe that the elderly get confused more often and, because of this, it is easier for them to take too many pills, not enough pills or even the wrong type.
The truth of the matter is that medication errors aren’t always the fault of the patient, and these errors don’t always occur in adults. Children are victims of medication errors more frequently than people would like to believe. That, however, is something that can be avoided according to some medical professionals.
According to a clinic in Wisconsin, more than 60,000 children were the victims of medication error in a ten-year period. There were an estimated 25 deaths that were linked to these errors. Many of the errors occurred in the home, and almost all could have been avoided. If you have children in the home, pay close attention to these tips.
- Put one parent or caregiver in charge of the administration of medication to avoid double-dosing. Do not allow children to retrieve their own medications.
- Make sure that all medicine containers are out of the reach of children and tightly closed.
- If pill dispensers are used in the home, keep them out of reach.
- Do not alter the dose of the medication without medical advice.
- Carefully read all labels and if you have a question, speak to your child’s doctor or pharmacist.
- Read the labels of over-the-counter medications to be sure that they are safe for your child.
- Talk to your older children about the dangers of sharing medications or taking pills out of curiosity.
- Speak with your child’s pediatrician or pharmacist about any vitamins, supplements or prescription medications your child is currently taking.
Medication errors that occur in the home are often preventable. If you have been the victim of a medication error due to a medical professionals negligence, reach out to our experienced team of medical malpractice attorneys for a free case evaluation.