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Please explain why is atropine contraindicated in pediatrics?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Dangerous: Because infants and adults metabolize substances differently. Small amounts of Atropine can be fatal for infants.
Dr. Olga Nilova
Specializes in Pediatrics
It's not: It's not contraindicated. We use it for emergency cases quite often.
Dr. Jeffrey Seiden
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 19 years experience
Misinformation: Atropine is not contraindicated for administration in certain situations. However, we generally avoid atropine-containing medicines, such as anti-spasmodic medicines, because children are sensitive to the potential side effects of these meds.
Dr. Nayyara Dawood
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Atropine: I would say we have better medications to use that are safer
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Not contrindicated: Atropin is not contraindicated as it is used for bradycardia associated with increased vagal tone like the one produced by intubation or AV Block may be treated with atropine in emergency situation The dose of atropine for pediartic resuscitation is 0.02 mgm/kgm to be administerd rapidly and may be repeated after 5 minutes

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