US doctors have said that in a year tens of thousands of children end up in the emergency room because of an overdose of a drug.
Parents tend to use a spoon as a dose for a certain drug, which is totally wrong.
Instead, use a syringe on which there are properly displayed milliliters.
A pediatrician Ian Paul, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, says: “Although we know that the syringes with marked metric safer and more precise, many parents still use a spoon to determine the dose, and this can lead to dangerous mistakes.”
For example, if you by accident use a tablespoon instead of a teaspoon, you will triple the dose.
In addition, experts say that the syringes should write the precise dose and 0.5 for half a milliliter, not 0.50. In this way there would be no confusion over the drug usage.
Doctor Robert Poole from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, recommends that the parents give the drugs to their children directly from the syringe.
” It will be easier for the child to swallow the medicine, and the parents will make sure that the dosage is correct,” advises Poole.