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Any kind of medicine or vitamin can cause harm to you or your child if it is taken in the wrong way. Using the milliliter unit of a measurement dispenser has been suggested as the preferred method to measure kids liquid medicines and we discourage the use of a nonstandard kitchen spoon.

Parents should always use the cup or syringe, that comes with their child’s liquid medication. Kitchen spoons are not safe.

Here are the most common medication errors and tips to help keep your children safe:

  1. Giving the wrong dose
    Always follow the dosage recommended by your doctor or pharmacist or as written on the package.
  2. Repeating a dose
    Keep track of your child’s dosing schedule.
  3. Giving doses too close together
    Don’t push doses closer together or exceed the maximum amount of doses per day instructed on the label.
  4. Confusing units of measurement
    It’s most important to talk to your pharmacist to make sure you understand the label. You can always call the pharmacy or our office if you have questions or concerns.
  5. Giving the wrong medication
    Always read the label for instructions, expiration date and to make sure your child’s medicine is not from another family member.

If you suspect you have given your child an incorrect dose of medication, call the American Association of Poison Control Centers at 1-800-222-1222.

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