Medindia

X

Penicillin Doses for Kids may Have to be Revised Due to Rising Obesity Levels

by Kathy Jones on  December 16, 2011 at 10:36 PM Obesity News   - G J E 4
The rising obesity rates and an increase in the average weight of children means that the dosage for penicillin antibiotics should be reviewed, a group of British experts said.
 Penicillin Doses for Kids may Have to be Revised Due to Rising Obesity Levels
Penicillin Doses for Kids may Have to be Revised Due to Rising Obesity Levels
Advertisement

Health experts from King's College London and St George's, University of London said that the average weight of children has been increasing in recent years and said that this change has to be taken into account and the dosage for the drug should be reviewed. The study has been published in the British Medical Journal.

Advertisement
According to the guidelines used in the setting of dosage, a one year old baby is assumed to weigh around 10kg, a two year old at 13kg, a five year old at 18kg and a 10 year old at 30kg. However recent survey in England revealed that the average weight of a 5 year old is 21kg and that of a 10 year old has increased to 37kg.

King's College London's Dr Paul Long, who participated in the review study, said that this rise in weight should be taken into account for the drugs to remain effective. "Children's average size and weight are slowly but significantly changing, so what may have been adequate doses of penicillin 50 years ago are potentially not enough today", he said.

Source: Medindia
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like

Advertisement
View All