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Oral syringe causes fewer dosing errors in kids

An article published in the Washington Post, July 14, 2014, warns parents to measure medicine given to kids out of a marked oral syringe not a spoon to reduce dosing errors. The article highlights a study that measured the accuracy of parents giving liquid medicine to their children with kitchen spoons vs. oral syringes or droppers that could accurately measure milliliters (mL). “The results, published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics, underscore recommendations that droppers and syringes that measure in milliliters — not spoons — be used to administer liquid medicines.” When parents gave the liquid medicine using kitchen spoons, “were 50 percent more likely to give their children incorrect doses than those who measured in more precise milliliter units,” said Alan Mendelsohn, a physician and associate professor at New York University’s medical school who co-authored the study.

Summary for Parents: Use a marked oral syringe or dropper to measure medicine that you give your children. If you do not have one or were not given one with your prescription, ask for one!! They are free, and if you have questions, ask your pharmacist. They are there to help you and answer your questions.

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