Drugs Overview: dosages are based on a child’s weight

Description: - Paediatric drug doses are based on a child’s weight, on a milligram per kilogram basis.- When a child’s weight is known, it is better to administer according to their weight rather than their age.- When a child is clearly larger or smaller than would be expected for their age (their parents/carers will often be aware of this), an ‘older’ or ‘younger’ Page for Age chart should be selected for that child, dependent on the chart that most closely reflects their actual weight.
Date Update Posted Online: September 7, 2017
Book: Reference Edition
Section Title: Drugs Overview
Priority: Green
Guidelines Print Date: September 20, 2017
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