Many parents avoid giving their kids allergy medicine during the allergy season, believing that they could cause even more trouble than if they do not use them. A new poll which was recently developed unveils that many parents say that they find it difficult to reveal the appropriate dose of allergy medicine for their kids. Some of them even admitted that they had sometimes used the adult version of the allergy treatment for their children.
Not all parents know the right dose of allergy medication for their kids
Dr. Gary Freed, a pediatrician at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Michigan who is also the co-director of the poll, argued that if parents sometimes chose to offer their kids adult allergy medicines, they should at least make sure that they give them the appropriate amount of drug. If kids receive doses greater than those recommended by a doctor, this can cause several side effects which sometimes could be dangerous.
Allergy medications for children may trigger several terrible symptoms like headaches and excessive drowsiness. The Food and Drug Administration advises parents to be very careful with allergy medicine doses. Researchers at Mott have developed the new survey, analyzing US adults who had children with ages between 6 and 12 years old.
Before giving their children allergy medicine, parents should ask for a doctor’s oppinion
The results of the study indicated that 55% of the parents surveyed during the study argued that they had given their kids medicines for allergies in the past year. Unfortunately, 1 out of 5 parents, namely 21% of them, stated that they did not know the right dose of medication for their kids when it came to allergy medicine. Moreover, 15% of parents reported that they used adult allergy medications on their children.
One-third out of this 15% of parents stated that they gave their children the medication dose which was recommended for an adult. Two-thirds of these parents used only a part of the adult dose to give it to their kids. Even if allergy medicines for adults sometimes consist of the same ingredients just like those for children, the labels on adult allergy medicines do not always have instructions regarding the dose which should be used for a child.
The poll unveiled that 18% of parents did not even check the expiration date on the bottle of allergy medicines before offering it to their children. Freed argues that expired medicines lose their effect over time. Parents should always ask for a doctor’s opinion before giving their kids allergy medications.
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