In our house, I do the meds, but I think that the whiteboard/log idea is a good one now that we have 2 kids. My friend's husband was tired and gave decongestant instead of Tylenol once and another time gave a dose of Tylenol in the middle of the night after my friend had already given it-- and this mistake actually happened twice. 3 strikes and you're fired if you ask me. DH and I like our system of just 1 person being in charge.
I would definitely need to vent after an overdose. I've been on forums for a while, so I do feel like I'd probably call my best friend and vent. April, I bet you'll probably do that now too. Seriously though, you don't need to respond any more. Tone of voice is lost on the internet, so sometimes it can bring on responses that you wouldn't expect. Your LO is fine, you let off steam by typing rather than smacking your hubby and the situation turned out fine.
Our older children have not taken meds, with the exception of our daughter having lyme and ehrlichiosis and she had abx. We are not a medicine happy family, our son has JRA and a bunch of other issues and the meds were to make his life easier and help him to be able to function every day. He is not on any meds now but I can say that I am soooo much more relaxed now without the whole med schedule.
One thing that worked for us in regards to the dosing and being confident that he was getting the correct amount and at the correct time was to keep his meds in pre-filled syringes ( the same ones that you can get for free at the pharmacy) if they were the .5ml size they would fit in a tall medicine bottle ( the kind that you have to push and turn to open). Four syringes would fit in one bottle and I would put a shipping label on the outside of the bottle, keeping a pen or pencil in the bottle (it would fit in the cinter of the syringes) and I would mark the dosage and time on the label....... we managed years with no med mistakes.....unless you count the pharmacy making a dosing mistake that I thankfully caught BEFORE I used it..... he was mistakenly given almost 10 times the dose he was prescribed and it would have been damaging to a full grown adult..... I was not happy..... so I am extra vigilant in checking meds now.
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My 2 year old drank half a bottle a couple of months ago. I immediately called Poison Control and they reassured me, it was fine. The nurse and I figured out approximately how much she had. They called me back an hour later to make sure she was okay.
Poison Control is great. I don't know what I would do without them.
Not sure if this was mentioned or not. But you can write on your bathroom mirror with an erraseable marker or pen the dosages and times you give meds to anyone in your house. Especially when giving meds during the night when you are sleepy.
Anne, Mama to Conner 2/27/04 Gabrielle 2/6/06 W/LMC-TCS, Neurogenic Bladder, AFO & KAFO wearer, Neurogenic Bowel & Delaney 5/12/08 & Beethoven & Gizmo
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I do understand that people want to do right with drugs, and i would never advocate half-dosing with prescribed medications of any kind, but really, i can't see why logically it's wrong with OTC painkillers.
Incidentally, we never give Ibuprofen unless absolutely necessary (like when DD had Pneumonia) because it's a relatively new drug and it's quite strong. Acetominophen has been around for a looong time so its long term effects are known. We don't use drugs very often anyway, but there have been some interesting write ups on ibuprofen being used too frequently.
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There is nothing wrong with taking a smaller dose of an NSAID than recommended by the weight chart. In fact, the best choice is to take the smallest effective dose. If that's 1/2 what the weight chart states & the kid's fever or pain is reduced to comfortable levels, then that's all the kid needs. It's a judgment call on your part.
COUPLES SHOULD DESIGNATE ONLY ONE PARENT TO EVER GIVE MEDICATION
My DH and I do this... 1 parent does the medication (or tells the other what time, written down and verbally, if they can not do it themselves). It's not always me, and not always him... but what we do is the first to start giving medication, handles it until the child is done (fever broken, antibiotics done, etc). The only med we don't do this with is our son's daily Zyrtec during his allergy season, that's always my job.
Also, Poison Control IS the authority on all things poison. When Dr offices and ER use PC as THEIR point of reference, then I know it's a source i can trust (like when i had to frantically call 3 times cause my at the time 2 yr old dd ate and ENTIRE stick of secret deodorant... yeah - 1 stick will just make you throw up a bit, but isn't toxic otherwise)