Posted: May 8th, 2012 | Tags: bleach, children's medication, cleaning solution, dosage, father's day, google my kid ate, measuring, Mother's Day, poison prevention | No Comments »
This post goes out to the all the Dads trying to make Mother’s Day special. You may want to let Mom sit back and relax while you provide some household cleaning, help out with daily medications for the kids, or possibly even get the little critters involved in a little craft making! All of these are great ideas and traditions, but need to be handled with care.
Here are some tips to keep you, Mom, and the kids safe: Read more »
Posted: August 30th, 2011 | Tags: 1800-222-1222, acetaminophen, adults, children, dosage, FDA, Illinois Poison Center, medication, over the counter drugs, Poison Center, poison prevention, tylenol | No Comments »
Making sense of new voluntary dosing guidelines on acetaminophen containing products: Minimizing liver damage associated with a common medicine.
Acetaminophen is one of the most common over-the-counter (OTC) medications, appearing in over 600 OTC products. It is an effective pain reliever and fever reducer when used as directed, though it can cause severe liver damage if overused. In fact, acetaminophen overdose is the most common cause of acute liver failure requiring a liver transplant in the United States. Read more »
Posted: March 8th, 2011 | Tags: caffeine, Doctors, dosage, drinks, funding, Illinois Poison Center, Illinois Poison Prevention MOnth, kids, poison, prevention, teenagers | No Comments »
If that second cup of coffee you just had doesn’t keep you awake tonight, here’s something that might. A recent issue of Pediatrics reviewed the effects of caffeine and energy drinks on children, adolescents, and young adults and found several concerning conclusions.
Did you know that over 500 new energy drink products were marketed worldwide in the last year? Also, did you know that these products are NOT regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)? Because of this lack of regulation, there is no maximum dose of caffeine in energy drinks. These products can contain high amounts of caffeine, a nervous system stimulant that is commonly found in your morning coffee, tea, and soft drinks. While caffeinated products may claim to increase exercise endurance and improve mood and memory, they are not without adverse effects, especially at higher doses. Read more »