Giving kids a spoonful of medicine: not what the doctor ordered

By Laura Sanders, 18:26 PM July 13, 2014

Before a 22-day-old infant went to a doctor to be circumcised, his parents gave him a dose of acetaminophen to stave off the pain. But the parents misread the label. Instead of giving their baby 40 milligrams of acetaminophen like their doctor had recommended, these well-meaning parents gave him 800 milligrams, about half the bottle.

After the procedure, the doctor told the parents to give another dose of acetaminophen if the baby seemed uncomfortable. When the mother remarked that “it seemed ...

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