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Alert over teaspoon doses for administering medicine

SYRINGES are a safer method of administering medicine to babies than using teaspoons, according to researchers

Syringes are more favoured over the common kitchen utensil by the Alfa Institute of Biomedical Science in Athens, Greece. Research recently published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice found that parents and caregivers were using teaspoons and tablespoons to measure liquid medication.

Only one woman out of the 25 households tested successfully measured a 5mL dose.  A total of 71 teaspoons and 49 tablespoons were tested and they varied from 2.5mL to 7.3mL.  Overdosing or underdosing could ensue a reduction of clinical effectiveness, resistance to pathogens or more adverse effects.

The research identified a case of a five-year-old girl who had albuterol toxicity as a result of a 50 per cent bigger dose than the recommended 1mL.

Researchers suggest parents and caregivers reduce the risk of the wrong dose by using syringes as opposed to the unreliable teaspoon.

This article is also available on Courier Mail at http://www.couriermail.com.au/lifestyle/alert-over-teaspoon-doses-for-administering-medicine/story-e6frer4f-1225892325337

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