A recent study published in Pediatrics shows that 1 in 6 parents use a kitchen spoon to give medication instead of using a syringe or dropper with milliliter markings and one-third of the parents gave wrong doses. With the popular use of suspension antibiotics in the pediatrics population, under-dosing can lead to “medication-resistant infections”, and over-dosing can lead to side effects or serious problems. How often do you educate parents of your patients about importance of using proper measuring tools for liquid medications?

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