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Children’s Medicine Dosing Errors
Medication errors are extremely common in kids. In fact, a recent study showed 80% of parents made at least one dosing error when measuring liquid medication used for kids. The study looked at various tools used to measure liquid medicine. It found using a syringe decreased the likelihood of measurement errors compared to using a cup. It also showed matching the syringe size to the dose decreased errors. For example, errors were decreased when a 5 milliliter syringe was used for medication doses from 0-5 ml and a ten milliliter syringe was used for medication doses from 6-10 ml. Parents also made fewer errors when instructions were given with both pictures and text compared to to text alone. In addition to incorrect dosing, medication errors can occur if a medicine is inadvertently given twice, units of measure are confused, and or a wrong medication is given.