Researchers say that paracetamol, which is commonly used to relieve pain and reduce fever, is being mis-prescribed.
Scrutiny of medical records of Scottish children between the ages of one and three, shows that excessive amount of paracetamol has been prescribed to one in four children. Some parents were also in the habit of giving their kids additional OTC pills.
Nearly 50% of paracetamol prescriptions in the UK showed a wrong dosage. Abnormal amounts of paracetamol can trigger damage to the liver, researchers said.