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Is it ok to use a household teaspoon to measure my child's medication?


No, it is not recommended to use a household teaspoon or tablespoon to measure oral medications because it is inaccurate. Since a household teaspoon or tablespoon may vary in size, using one may result in under-dosing or over-dosing a patient. Liquid medications often come with their own dosing cup, dosing syringe or dosing spoon, which are calibrated to be accurate. Often times the pharmacist will provide one to the patient as well. If you find yourself without an appropriate dosing cup, syringe or spoon, they can often be purchased over-the-counter or ask your local pharmacist for an extra one.

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