Don’t Use a Spoon for Your Child’s Medications! Here's Why! by Donna John

Kids' Health
7 years ago

Don’t Use a Spoon for Your Child’s Medications! Here's Why!

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) wants parents to keep the spoons for their cereal – not their child’s medication. They are urging parents to use only metric measurements on prescriptions, medication labels and dosing cups to help ensure kids receive the correct dose. Medication should not be measured in teaspoons or tablespoons, especially not spoons taken from a kitchen drawer.

“Spoons come in many different sizes and are not precise enough to measure a child’s medication,” said Dr. Ian Paul, lead author of the policy statement.

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Chef Gigi
Gasp! Good to know. Honestly, I should be dead by now.
Elisa Schmitz
I know, right?! So much great information to keep kids safer these days, Chef Gigi Gaggero and Donna John!

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