Oral syringe causes fewer dosing errors in kids

An article published in the Washington Post, July 14, 2014, warns parents to measure medicine given to kids out of a marked oral syringe not a spoon to reduce dosing errors. The article highlights a study that measured the accuracy of parents giving liquid medicine to their children with kitchen spoons vs. oral syringes or droppers that could accurately measure milliliters (mL). “The results, published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics, underscore recommendations that droppers and syringes that measure in milliliters — not spoons — be used to administer liquid medicines.” When parents gave the liquid medicine using kitchen spoons, “were 50 percent more likely to give their children incorrect doses than those who measured in more precise milliliter units,” said Alan Mendelsohn, a physician and associate professor at New York University’s medical school who co-authored the study.

Summary for Parents: Use a marked oral syringe or dropper to measure medicine that you give your children. If you do not have one or were not given one with your prescription, ask for one!! They are free, and if you have questions, ask your pharmacist. They are there to help you and answer your questions.

Got Drugs?

April 26, 2014 is National Drug Take Back Day from 10AM-2PM. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Visit the DEA website to find a collection site near you!

Please share this information with friends and family so they can clean out their Medicine Cabinets, dressers and cupboards of expired or unwanted medications. This is the easiest and most efficient way to dispose of all your medicine. It also keeps them out of our landfills and water supply.

Don’t have to time to drop off your medicine today? Check out more information on how to Dispose of you Medication Properly on my website.

Hello Spring, and Allergies

Seasonal allergic reactions can be caused by pollen.

Seasonal allergic reactions can be caused by pollen.

Ah Spring, such a beautiful time of year, but for many allergy suffers, the worse time of year. Seasonal allergies symptoms can include a runny nose, sneezing, congestion, red, itchy eyes, sore throat, post-nasal drip, and cough. This reaction in our bodies is caused by some type of allergen. These allergens can include, pollen, mold, ragweed, cedar, and pet dander, just to name a few. The symptoms, known as Seasonal Allergies cause missed days at school or work and some sleepless nights

Treatments:

  • Saline Sprays, and irrigation flushes (like Neti Pot)
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamines. These may include Loratadine (Claritin), Fexofenadine (Allegra), Cetirizine (Zyrtec), and diphenhydramine (Benadryl). These are listed from the least drowsy to the most drowsy.
  • For congestion, Decongestants like pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) or phenylephrine (Sudafed PE)*
  • Nasal steroids- Until recently, all nasal steroids were Rx only. Now Nasacort (Triamcinolone) is available OTC.
  • Other Nasal sprays are available by Rx to help with your symptoms (i.e. Astelin and Patanase), along with combo products like Dymista. Talk to your doctor about the one that is right for you.
  • For more severe allergies, consult your doctor or allergist. Many options are still available (i.e. allergy drops and allergy shots).

*Do not use decongestants if you have high blood pressure or heart disease. Please consult your physician.

Seasonal Allergies are not fun to deal with, but hopefully some of these treatment options will help your family. Always check dosing requirements for children and if you have questions, ask your Pharmacist or other Health Care Provider.

 

We have upgraded Mom’s Medicine Chest website!

Welcome to our new upgraded Moms Medicine Chest website. We have changed to a new blogging platform and I am looking forward to  all the new features we can share with you. I am also excited about all the new and important information we have to share with you. All of our useful information that was on our old site is still available. We will be adding new information in the months to come. We look forward to sharing a lot of great information in the future with you.