New guidelines highlight danger of paracetamol poisoning in children

It is sobering to think that doses of paracetamol as low as 200mg/kg in children under 6 years of age can cause irreversible liver damage. Given that the average 2 year old boy in Australia weighs about 12kg, and most paracetamol tablets contain 500mg, he needs to consume only 5 tablets to be in trouble. 

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