Clonidine was a popular anti-hypertensive drug during the 1970s but is less commonly used now. In children clonidine is used to treat attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). We report a toddler who accidentally ingested 0.3 mg of clonidine and developed respiratory failure with hypotension requiring ventilatory support and inotropes but recovered completely within one week. In any case scenario, when a previously healthy child presents with sudden onset respiratory failure, we should keep a high index of suspicion of clonidine use by anyone at home and its easy accessibility to the child.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health