Concerns over dosing instructions on children's meds

May 17, 2011 2:59:41 PM PDT
A government panel is looking at changing dosing labels for children's over-the-counter fever relievers.

The panel is trying to decide whether to recommend that the dosing instructions on the labels of medicines containing acetaminophen need to be fine-tuned to protect children under the age of 2.

The concerns are over dosing and liver failure and death.

Currently, labels have dosing instructions for children ages 2 and up. For kids under 2, the labels simply tell parents to "ask a doctor."

The American Academy of Pediatrics feels dosing should be based on weight, not age.