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Old 12-15-2010, 09:24 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My husband just took our 4.5 yr old daughter to the ER because we believe she ate around 25 childrens gummy vitamins. She would not tell us but our oldest said he saw her with them earlier today. She was not exhibiting any signs of an overdose as of 20 min ago when they left...but we wanted to take her in to be sure.

 

I'm not sure what I am looking for other than just some btdt moms and the outcome? How likely is it that she will get sick...do all kids mutivitamins contain the same amount of iron? What are the other vitamins that could pose a risk?

 

The were Natures plus animal bubble gum flavor multi's...

 

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Some childrens' gummies contain no iron. Did you read the bottle?

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The nurse at the ER called Poison Control she would of needed to eaten 77 of them for an overdose, she ate around 25. So all should be ok. just needs to be seen by the Dr on call.

 

the iron level was low 1 mg per 2 gummies...

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Well, per Dr. Sears the daily iron requirement is 10 mg for her age. So 12.5mg is nothing to worry about, and there is nothing else in her gummies to worry about. Your daughter should be fine!

 

http://www.askdrsears.com/html/4/t043100.asp

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Articles about iron overdose in children (should reassure you):

 

 

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0816/is_3_21/ai_n6358449/

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http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1011689-overview

 

10mg/kg body weight is an overdose amount

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thanks!

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yup everything should be good.

 

and yeah in cases like this Poison control is the real authority - not so much ER.

 

my ped had asked us to keep an eye for diahhrhea and dd had none. 


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In the future, I'd call poison control first. They'll figure out overdose levels and if you need to the ER and/or if there is behavior to be concerned about. When talking to them last week (sigh), I learned that it would be pretty rare for a child to OD off of a child's product. Usually, the child needs to take too much of an adult product. (i.e. when DS drank 3/4 bottle of child ibuprofen because it was "tasty") OD level would have been a bottle and a half.

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yup lesson learned Poinson Control first! Thats exactly what the nurse at the ER did...

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Hopefully everything is OK.

 

Those damn gummy vitamins can taste good and be addictive!

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When our son was 20 months old, he knew how to open childproof bottle lids....and he proceeded to eat an entire container of Flintstones. The first thing they asked at poison control was if they contained iron, which they didn't. Thank God! Nothing wrong with him except for bright yellow pee for a few days!

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