Unintentional Overdoses are Common in Children
April 15, 2008
In 2004 and 2005, adverse drug events were the third leading cause of nonfatal injuries among infants treated in hospital emergency departments. They were also the sixth leading cause of nonfatal injuries among children 1 to 4 years old.
Over 158,500 patients younger than 18 visited emergency departments for adverse reactions to prescription and non-prescription medications, vaccines, vitamins and dietary supplements in that two year period.
Children between 1 and 4 years old were nearly 10 times more likely to be hospitalized for these adverse drug events. Almost half of the adverse drug events were unintentional overdoses, mostly from pain relief and respiratory medications.