Kids aren’t just little adults.
Why? Compared to adults, children:
Most drugs used in kids today have been tested only on adults. Researchers are testing these drugs on kids to answer questions about:
Since 1998, research—including NICHD-supported studies—has guided the safe and effective use of more than 400 medications in kids.
An NICHD-funded study on meropenem—an antibiotic approved to treat infection in adults and older children—tested the drug in infants and found that:
Meropenem is now FDA approved to treat abdominal infection in infants younger than 3 months.
New guidelines ensure safe and effective dosing.
Learn more about pediatric drug research at NICHD.
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