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Keep kids safe by switching from teaspoon to milliliter

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BATON ROUGE - Dr. Mindy Calandro of the Baton Rouge Clinic visited with us today to discuss how to make sure your children are getting the right dose of medicine when using the traditional "teaspoon" measurement technique.

A recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics warns of the problem of children accidentally overdosing on medication when using teaspoon administration. The collection of experts recommends using the metric system as a solution to this increasingly apparent issue.

Statistically, more than 70,000 children visit emergency rooms each year due to accidental overdose, and Dr. Calandro is lockstep with medical experts when she says changing the way you measure liquid medicine can make the difference between life and death. The real confusion begins because some people don't recognize the difference between the tablespoon and teaspoon unit of measurement.

To make things more exact, the academy and physicians advise the public to use milliliters when measuring out doses for children and carefully following the directions that accompany the medication.

For more on how to make sure your children are getting the most safe, effective dose of their medicine, be sure to view the attached video to hear what the pediatrician has to share about proper dosing.



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