Habits can be hard to break or they wouldn’t be called such. How many of us still reach for a kitchen spoon out of the utensil drawer when dosing medication? According to a recent study in the August 2014 edition of “Pediatrics” adults and parents reach for this form of measurement when an oral medication calls for a teaspoon or tablespoon measurement and 39% of parents incorrectly measured a dose when medicating their children.
To reduce medication errors you may see a dosage change in the near future for oral medications from teaspoons and tablespoons to milliliters. In the meantime, ask your pharmacist or doctor for the correct measurements in milliliters and only use a medication dosage device that has measurements written on it; such as an oral syringe, dropper or dosing cup.
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