Many prescriptions issued in primary care for paracetamol either give less than recommended doses to older children or exceed recommended doses in young children, a Scottish study has found.
The findings are based on data from 2,761 children issued with 4,423 prescriptions for paracetamol.
The authors said almost one in 20 children had been given an excessive dose, but the incidence rose to one in four for infants in the 0-3 age range.
At the same time, about a quarter of children aged 6-12 were under dosed.
- Kazouini A, et al. Paracetamol prescribing in primary care: Too little and too much? British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 2011; Advance online publication