12 Ways to Avoid Accidental Medication Overdose in Kids

12 Ways to Avoid Accidental Medication Overdose in Kids

Medicine can do wonders for sick children. But never assume that a larger dose will work better. In fact, accidental overdoses send more than 70,000 kids to the emergency room each year, and some even die. Follow these steps to make sure you give your child just the right amount.

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