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When can accidental acetaminophen poisoning in children occur?


An accidental overdose of acetaminophen can easily occur in a child because of confusion about dosing is partly caused by the availability of different formulas, strengths, dosage instructions for different ages of children, and their reduced weight and reduced recommended dosage. Acetaminophen poisoning can occur if you give a child even a little more than directed or give more than one medicine that contains acetaminophen. Make sure to keep all medicines far out of a child's reach. If your child swallows too much acetaminophen, get medical help right away, even if your child doesn't feel sick. For immediate help, call the 24-hour Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222, or call 911.

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