Proper Medication Dosage to Give Your Kids

Did you know that more than half of parents actually either under or overdosed their child’s medication? A lot of us do it. It’s not on purpose it just happens because dosing can be a really confusing process. So I have a couple tools here that I want to show you today to try to make it easier for you so that you’re not part of that statistic. One of the most common ways that dosing errors actually occur is when parents use dosing cups. So they’re really not very accurate and hitting the 5 mil mark on here which is a teaspoon can be really hard. So we have better ways to do it that are better than the dosing cups and better than using a household tea spoon because those are never accurate. A household teaspoon can actually hold and somewhere between two and a half to 7 milliliters of volume where true teaspoon is only 5 milliliters. You can see how that would be really easy to accidentally mess up the dose. So instead what I want to show you it’s that a lot of times pharmacies will put these little inserts into your childs bottle of medication and it fits right in the neck here. Then what works really nice about that is if you get a syringe from the pharmacy – it fits directly into that little insert in the top and then you can turn the medication bottle upside down and just pull your syringe exactly to the volume that you need. This is much more accurate than using a dosing cup and can prevent any errors from happening and make sure that you’re administering the proper volume and proper dose of medication for your child. Another common thing that can happen accidentally is a lot of medications can come with their own dosing syringe and it seems really convenient that you could use this on other medications. So for example if your child is taking 3 milligrams of one medication and they need three milligrams of another, you would think I can just use this dropper and it’d be that three milligrams. The problem is that many medications are not the same concentration and so what’s 3 milligrams of the medication that this dropper came with it may not be 3 milligrams of a different medication. So I advise to only use droppers and syringes that came with a specific product. Only using it with that product itself and not for other medications. Talk with your pharmacist to talk with your pediatrician about obtaining proper tools like the syringes that I showed you to make sure that you’re measuring an accurate dose for your child. [Music]