Can children take activated charcoal?
Perhaps, not a single home first-aid kit can do without activated charcoal – a drug that has a lot of advantages. First, it is a strong adsorbent that binds and removes toxins from the gastrointestinal tract.
Secondly, due to its natural origin (charcoal after special treatment), activated carbon is completely safe.
We are accustomed to refer to this drug as a wand-zashchalochke, with various poisoning, infections and gastrointestinal diseases. In addition, activated charcoal helps with increased acidity and hypersecretion of gastric juice, and also cleanses the blood.
But any medicine with an overdose can become a poison. Activated carbon is no exception.
The use of this adsorbent in too large doses or too long leads to a decrease in absorption from the gastrointestinal tract of nutrients and vitamins (which leads to hypovitaminosis) and an increase in the side effects of diarrhea or, conversely, constipation (which leads to erosion of the gastrointestinal tract).
A safe dosage for adults is considered to be taking 1 tablet of activated charcoal per 10 kg of human body weight 2 times a day for 2-4 weeks. And what about the little man?
Is it possible to use activated carbon for children? – Yes, but first it is better to consult a doctor. For the prompt resolution of this issue, it is not necessary to go to the reception: you can call the ambulance, because the duties of the operators include consultation on general issues.
Also it is necessary to take into account some nuances. First, activated charcoal is not recommended for children longer than 3 days.
Secondly, it is necessary to look for the drug not in the form of tablets, but in the form of granules or powder. If you did not find such a form of medicine, rastolkite the tablet and dilute it with water to get a suspension.
Thirdly, you need to strictly follow the dosage: it is significantly different from the adult norm.
The standard dosage is:
- for children under 1 year – 0.01 g per kg of body weight every 4 to 6 hours
- for children from 1 to 7 years – 0.05 g per kg of body weight 3 times a day
- for children from 7 to 14 years – 0.07 g per kg of body weight 3 times a day
Remember that between reception of the activated coal and reception of nutrition or other medicines should pass not less than 2 hours, otherwise useful substances will be deduced by coal from an organism. When to take and how to take medication is not less important than the reception itself.
Note: when using activated charcoal, the child’s feces turn black, which should not be frightened, it should be.