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Parents need better education to reduce drug overdoses in feverish children

More than 50 per cent of feverish children are given incorrect doses of medicine by parents and overdoses have almost trebled in the last two decades, according to a research review in the latest Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Health professionals are also concerned about the increasing number of parents who give their children alternate doses of paracetamol and ibuprofen without leaving sufficient gaps between them.

"Our review found that overdosing with ibuprofen is now a particular concern, both in terms of dosage and frequency" says nurse researcher Anne Walsh from Queensland University of Technology in Australia.

"We also discovered that some parents are giving their children one fever-reducing drug and then trying another type within a few hours if the first one doesn't have the desired result."

The Australian research team reviewed more than 70 studies published worldwide since 1980 to see how parental attitudes and practices had changed when it came to treating common childhood fevers.

They found that:

  • Latest figures show that the number of parents providing their children with overdoses has risen from 12 per cent in 1987 to 33 per cent. Meanwhile, correct doses have risen from a third to between 43 and 49 per cent.
  • Many parents administer fever-reducing drugs in doses that are too low, too high or too frequent.
  • Underdosing is more common in younger and low-weight children.
  • Up to 27 per cent of parents alternate fever reducing drugs.

The researchers also discovered that parents consistently treat childhood fevers based on inaccurate temperature readings and suggest that they would be better off focussing on their child's general well-being rather than just how hot they are.

"Parents knowledge about normal body temperature and what constitutes a feverish temperature is poor" adds Anne Walsh, from the University's Insti
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Contact: Annette Whibley
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Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
5-Apr-2006


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