Each year, an estimated 71,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for accidental medication poisonings, many of which are caused by dosing mistakes. Experts remind caregivers to be diligent and avoid these common medicine mistakes.

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Each year, an estimated 71,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for accidental medication poisonings, many of which are caused by dosing mistakes. 


"Many well-intentioned caregivers can get mixed up when it comes to administering medication," says Dr. Michael App, a pediatrician in Grand Rapids, Mich.


Experts remind caregivers to be diligent and avoid these common medicine mistakes:


- Not paying attention to potential drug interactions: Caregivers should always check medication labels and take care to avoid administering multiple drugs at the same time, unless recommended or prescribed by a pediatrician.


- Overmedicating due to measuring errors: When administering medicine, caregivers should always use the dosing device provided by the pharmacist or manufacturer, and never attempt to "eyeball" the proper amount.


- Basing the dose on age instead of weight: "Since children metabolize medicine differently depending on how much they weigh, this is how most manufacturers label their dosage recommendations - not based on age," says App.


- ARA


Family Movie Night


“Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star,” now on DVD


Rated: R


Length: 97 minutes


Synopsis: Bucky (Nick Swarsdon) is a small-town grocery bagger, going nowhere in life until he discovers that his conservative parents were once adult film stars. Armed with the belief that he has found his destiny, Bucky packs up and heads out to Los Angeles, hoping to follow in his parents footsteps. - Sony Pictures


Violence/scary rating: 2


Sexual-content rating: 5


Profanity rating: 4


Drugs/alcohol rating: 3


Family Time rating: 4.5. This is definitely not a movie for your kids, what with all the sexual content.


(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)


Book Report


“The Mighty Miss Malone,” by Christopher Paul Curtis


Ages: 9-12


Pages: 320


Synopsis: "We are a family on a journey to a place called wonderful" is the motto of Deza Malone's family. Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Ind., singled out by teachers for a special path in life. But the Great Depression hit Gary hard, and there are no jobs for black men. When her beloved father leaves to find work, Deza, Mother and her older brother Jimmie go in search of him, and end up in a Hooverville outside Flint, Mich. Jimmie's beautiful voice inspires him to leave the camp to be a performer, while Deza and Mother find a new home, and cling to the hope that they will find Father. The twists and turns of their story reveal the devastation of the Depression and prove that Deza truly is the Mighty Miss Malone. - Random House Children's Books


Did You Know


A study published in Pediatrics says that hospitalizations for children who have almost drowned have been halved since a study 20 years ago.


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