Measure kids’ medicines in metric units, not spoonfuls, doctors say

March 30, 2015 4:23 AM

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Measure kids’ medicines in metric units, not spoonfuls, doctors say

(Reuters Health) - Children’s liquid medicines should only be measured in metric units to avoid overdoses common with teaspoons and tablespoons, U.S. pediatricians say.

Tens of thousands of kids wind up in emergency rooms after unintentional medicine overdoses each year, and the cause is often badly labeled containers or unclear directions, said Dr. Ian Paul, a pediatrician at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Children's Hospital and lead author of new metric dosing gui...

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