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How can an acetaminophen overdose in children be prevented?

Your child is at risk of experiencing an overdose if you administer the adult formulation or the wrong pediatric formulation, calculate the wrong dose for your child's weight, or use the wrong dosing device. To avoid these errors, you should use the measuring tool packaged with the medicine and keep a record of the treatment times and the doses you give your child. Share this record with caregivers so they will know how much acetaminophen your child has taken.

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