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Being a parent can be wonderful and stressful all at the same time. It is important to always remain aware of any safety issues that could affect our children’s safety.
Obviously, the safety of our children is our top priority. While kids may feel independent, as they grow older, it is still so important for parents to stay aware of medications and ingredients they may be taking.
Did you know that children have 5-7 episodes of diarrhea per year on average? The most common way to resolve it is through over the counter medications.
My children have both suffered from diarrhea and I have always thought that turning to anti-diarrhea medication is safe.
However, I like many other parents was not aware that the active ingredient in many of the over the counter diarrhea relief medications is loperamide.
So what is the issue with Loperamide?
Loperamide slows the rhythm of digestion so that the small intestines have more time to absorb fluid and nutrients from the foods you eat.
Loperamide, if used correctly and in recommended doses is completely safe. However, if taken in large doses, it mimics the high of opioids.
Loperamide may relieve some symptoms, however, it does not help the underlying issue or cause of diarrhea. Because of this, the FDA has requested that retailers voluntarily stop carrying large count loperamide products.
Parents need to be aware of the potential for abuse of any over the counter products containing loperamide.
I was previously unaware of loperamide and its effects. I am so grateful that I am now aware and can remain vigilant about not giving any medication containing loperamide to my children.
Being conscious of all medications and their ingredients taken by our children is of the utmost importance.
Please visit this link to read the FDA safety communication report for loperamide. Knowing this information can keep many kids both young and old safe.