Children are more susceptible to harm from medicines due to a number of factors.

Why does this standard need special consideration by health service organisations that provide care for children?

Children are more susceptible to harm from medicines because:

  • The absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of medicines in children varies with age
  • Children’s weight varies with growth and changing activity levels
  • The dosage of medications for children is often nonstandardised and weight-dependent
  • There may be difficulties associated with administering medications to children
  • Children’s capacity to communicate medication problems when they occur is variable.
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