National Safety Dose Awareness Month is held in May so that it can make parents aware every year about the importance of regulating and following instructions carefully on medicine and children's medicine bottles. National Safety Dose Month also serves as a reminder for parents and caregivers to check the expiration date on each of their household medicine bottles and throw the ones that have been expired and replace with new ones.
But most importantly, it serves as a reminder to educate oneself on proper dosing procedures. In other words, it's making people aware that just because a drug can be purchased without a prescription doesn't mean it can't harm your child.
"The first rule of safety for any medicine is to give the right dose at the right time interval."
- FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration)
The thing that makes Acetaminophen (found in children's over the counter medications) dangerous, especially for children, is that the difference between a "dose" and a fatal "overdose" is small.
- Mayo Clinic