Pediatrician Clinician-researchers, doctors, and nurses talk about the importance of conducting clinical trials for children while addressing common questions that parents and caregivers face.
Why Clinical Studies Are ImportantClinical research in children helps us to treat our children like children, rather than as little adults, in several ways:
Stages of GrowthChildren are growing. They are changing and maturing all the time. An 8-month-old is completely different from an 8-year-old, who is completely different from an 18-year-old, so even among children, everyone is different. And at each of the stages of growth below, children may need different doses of medicine, different sizes of devices, or different types of therapy.
For example, testing of one antibiotic showed that babies needed higher doses than older children to get rid of their infection. Many medicines are filtered out of the body and handled differently by a child's developing liver or kidneys—and because there is limited research, we don't know what the long-term effects on these organs may be. So, we need to conduct studies to find out.
"We would not know as much as we know today if people were not brave enough to be in clinical trials. So it helps future generations."
"She's part of a different statistic that's going to help other babies..."