According to an article in the Journal of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine says children could risk serious kidney injury from popular anti-fever drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen.
The report states that nearly 3% of children with acute kidney injury suffer from problems stemming from the anti-fever drugs. These drugs are also known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs.
Many of the children studied needed dialysis; and some experienced permanent kidney damage. Children suffering from dehydration before taking NSAIDS are especially at risk.
The researchers found:
- most of the children had been treated with the recommended dosages
- the younger the children were the more likely they were to need dialysis, intensive care and extended hospital stays
- treatment regularly cost families thousands of dollars
Children are at special risk of injury because of their small size. What could be a harmless dosage for an adult could mean overdose for a small child.
NSAIDS aren't the only risky drugs children take, either. Acetaminophen has been linked to liver damage, and even drugs mothers took while pregnant — like antidepressants — can severely affect a child for life.
These drugs are commonly prescribed, and some are even available over the counter. It proves you can never be too careful about the medications you — and especially your child — are taking.
To avoid injury, always read the labeling carefully before taking or administering any medication. Talk with a pharmacist if you have any questions. Avoid medicating unnecessarily, and consider natural alternatives when appropriate.
If you believe your child has been injured by a dangerous drug, contact us today for a free consultation. Call us today at 816-842-6200 to speak with an attorney who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Or you can click here to email us.