Do you use traditional cutlery spoons to dole out your children’s liquid medicine? Because tablespoons come in a variety of shapes and sizes the stan
Spoons don’t proper measurements for medicine because they come in all different shapes and sizes. This can be unsafe for your children because you could accidentally be giving them a larger dose than the recommended one. A new study revealed that nearly 40 percent of parents have made dosing errors.
When giving children Tylenol or cough medicine, the dosage usually is measured in teaspoons or tablespoons. Parents often times use regular spoons to administer the medicine. Because these aren’t an accurate measurements, kids could be receiving too much or too little of the medicine.
Too much of certain medications can have serious side effects on children. Many parents believe that Tylenol is safe in all doses, but this simply isn’t true. Too much Tylenol can cause severe liver damage. The dose of the medicine needs to be determined by the child’s weight. This rule of thumb generally applies to all over-the-counter medicines.
The study was done in the United States and found that dosing errors were reduced significantly when the measurements were changed to milliliters. In Canada, where the metric system is well established, parents are less likely to give their kids the wrong dosage.
Dr. Michael Rieder, Canadian Pediatric Society, explained that drugs are much more effective when they are given in the correct doses. If doctors begin prescribing in milliliters, parents could more accurately administer the medicine.
Often times, when parents give their kids over-the-counter medicine, it is because the child was sick in the middle of the night. This means the parent is tired and there is not a lot of light. These factors make it easy for parents to make mistakes.
A few years ago, a study found in pediatric emergency centers that dosing errors actually occurred more in the middle of the night when there was less patients. If even medical professionals make mistakes at night, then it comes as no surprise for parents to make mistakes at night too.
Rieder also explained that giving the wrong dosage can have a cumulative effect. Giving a child too much Tylenol in a single night won’t do any harm. If it consistently occurs, then it can have dire effects. However, there are certain medications that don’t have a margin of error. Anti-seizure medications can never be administered wrong. Even a little too much given one time can have bad effects.
Currently, there are pharmaceutical companies in Europe that are looking to transform liquid medicines into capsules that melt on the tongue. They wouldn’t require measuring so children would never get the wrong dosage.
Ultimately, it comes down to the parent. If they take the time to measure out the medicine in milliliters instead of tablespoons, children can get the correct dosage. Parents should simply avoid using kitchen spoons at all costs.
If your child is sick and you are not sure what the correct dosage is, visit Las Vegas Urgent Care to speak with a medical professional. There is no appointment needed and the doctors can get you in and out of the office in a timely manner. For more information about quick care in Las Vegas, contact 702.852.2000.