CNN HEALTH: Child Medication Measurements Confuse Parents, 9/2/2014

September 02, 2014

CNN HEALTH:  Child Medication Measurements Confuse Parents

What’s the difference between a teaspoon and a tablespoon? Don’t know? You aren’t alone. Many parents across the nation are unaware of the difference, leading to thousands of calls to the poison center each year. Part of the confusion for parents is the fact that teaspoons, tablespoons, and milliliters are terms that are used interchangeably on a regular basis, especially with prescriptions and over the counter medications.   Parents who measure their child’s medication in milliliters are much less likely to make a dosage mistake. Many doctors are making sure to prescribe in milliliters only to reduce the confusion. Parents should always use the dosing device, such as the cup or syringe that comes with their child’s liquid medication. Using kitchen spoons for dosages is not accurate and is not safe to use. If you suspect you have given your child an incorrect dose of medication, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

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