Doctors See an Increase in Drug-Related Poisoning in Children

A large part of that can be attributed to over doing it when treating our children for illnesses like fevers. A concerned parent wants to help the child feel better but can make it worse, without the right knowledge.

Doctor Kirti Gupta, a Pediatrician with Alegent Health Clinic in Omaha, talks with a fellow doctor and mother, Kristi Newmyer a mother of twin boys, age 7. Doctor Gupta says, while it's important to pay attention to your child's well-being, not every instance of a fever can be a cause for concern.

Doctor Kirti Gupta with Alegent Health Clinic says, “Fever is actually protective because your body temperature rises to kill off the bug or bacteria whatever it is, a virus.”

As that fever increases in temperature, over a longer period of time, then she says, will she prescribe or recommend the use of over and behind the counter drugs. Doctor Gupta says, “If the fever rises to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes it a little too high for them to be able to do their normal eating and drinking.”

Kristi says she knows her children and knows when or when not to treat their fever with medication. Kristi Newmyer says, “If my kids aren’t acting sick, with simply just a fever giving it some time, keeping them really hydrated, I’d feel pretty comfortable with that.”

These doctors say they see a concern when parents are not informed to make the right decision in how and how much to treat their sick children. Doctor Gupta says, “It’s very, very important to specify that it’s both age and weight related.”

Both doctors say if we decide to use an over the counter drug with our children to treat fevers, always use the dosage as directed on the box.


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