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The dangerous task of prescribing medications to newborns
 

The dangerous task of prescribing medications to newborns

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Prescribing and administering medication to newborns is famously a game of trial and error. How can we lower the stakes of this perilous gamble between life and death?
 
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11 Jan 2017 - General
 
The organ systems of a newborn, including the liver where drugs are usually metabolized, have not reached its full maturity at birth and will continue to mature as they grow older. That is why drugs should not be administered to neonates as if they are adults. Some may be too toxic for them and can cause life-threatening side-effects. Paediatricians should be extra careful when giving medicines to newborns because for these individuals, it will be harder to reverse untoward effects of drugs as c...
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