Aussie mum of four is warning parents to check meds carefully before administering them to children after her twins ended up in hospital.

Sharing in a popular Facebook group the mum warned, “Please please please, I urge you parent’s, carers, grandparent to double check, triple check medication before you give it to kid’s. Ex mother in law accidentally gave both my twins the wrong medication this morning and ended up in hospital.”

The boys were accidentally given catapres instead of Ritalin.

Roberta told MoM that she understands accidents do happen, but people need to be vigilant of the dangers.

“We are all busy, run off our feet and rushing around and it take one thing and ur life is turned upside down.

“Unfortunately this is the second time it has happened to one of the boy’s, first time it was the same drug but a lot worse and was a matter of life or death. Dosage was super high and wasn’t looking great at all. It was administered by an educator at day care. This drug gives me nightmares.”

She added, “the dose was high enough to drop their bp and heart rate. They were given an adult dose.”

Ritalin sa is a small white tablet, and so is catapres, so it’s an easy mistake to make and it’s lucky the error was picked up and medical advice sought.

Roberta shared that thankfully the boy’s are fine with no lasting damage and made a full recovery once the drug was out of their system. Phew!

It certainly pays to check first and even get someone else to double check if you can.

Share your comments below.

  • This why you should always becareful in what is given to any person. Yes check twice before givng anything.


  • I would have thought that after the mistake the first time they would have made a better label for their carers to be unable to confuse, fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me


  • Why are people even giving kids these dangerous pharmaceuticals, have they not done their research? I would never go down this road.

    • Sometimes these medications are needed and can be helpful. I’m a psychiatric nurse myself and actually not keen on medication at all !! When all different remedies and therpies are tried and when there is a situation of significant and prolonged suffering for both the child and those around the child, then I see medication as a “necessary evil”


  • oh God!! so glad the kids are okay.


  • Hope they are ok. Have to be so careful with medications. I’m allergic to so many things always took great care with our kids to see if they were the same 1 out of 4 has similar to me.


  • Glad the boys are ok


  • So scary – glad the boys are ok.


  • Always have to be careful when its for kids


  • A very sensible reminder. Can’t be too careful with medication.


  • They need to be in clearly labelled containers so they can’t be mixed up easily?


  • I always check the label and double check dosage before administering anything even for myself.


  • good advice


  • So scary especially since it isn’t the first time it’s happened.


  • SO Easy to make mistakes, especially when sleep deprived (we all know that feeling, hey mums and dads)


  • Yes always double or triple check medication before you give it. It’s not for nothing they double / triple check by different professional staff in the hospital.
    My 9yr old uses Catapres morning & night and has used Ritalin in the past, now Zoloft & Catapres. These are serious substances indeed.


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