Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Don't use a spoon or that little cup to dose young kids
An oral syringe provides the most accurate measure.
Also--she points out--doses are not standard--they can be expressed on the package in milliliters, teaspoon, tablespoon, you name it.
This is an even bigger hurdle for parents with low health literacy or who speak a different language.
At very least, they say, the package should recommend using an oral syringe.
The study was part of a larger NIH inquiry and was conducted in pediatric out-patient clinics in Atlanta, New York and Stanford, CA.
The majority of the participants were mothers. Seventy-seven percent had low or marginal health literacy (tested for).
Each one measured nine doses of medicine using various tools and dose recommendations.
Eighty-four percent made some error. More errors were seen with cups than syringes.
Since familiar meds such as Tylenol or Motrin sound harmless, they can cause serious overdoses--remember, a baby or toddler body is small.
What is an oral syringe? It's like an eyedropper basically with doses written on it. Every drugstore has them.