A survey of Australian mothers’ groups on Facebook has found on many occasions the medical advice being shared is wrong and downright dangerous!
While it may be quick and easy with instant replies, Facebook groups aren’t the best place to turn to when you are desperate for help when your child is sick.
A recent survey found 19% of the advice given when mums jump on Facebook for help is WRONG! 2% of the advice given is downright dangerous.
This includes –
Old wives tales
Remedies that could make the condition worse
Medication for breastfeeding mums that goes against guidelines
Dangerous dosage rates for children that could lead to an overdose.
One quarter of Aussie mums don’t know the maximum dose allowed per day for Panadol and Nurofen. This is alarming and could result in overdose.
It is important to remember while it is easy and reassuring to turn to Facebook for advice, these people are usually NOT experts and the best advice you can seek is from healthdirect.gov.au page or contact 1800 022 222
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