The use of domestic spoons to give children medicine could put them at risk of overdose, a Greek study has warned.
The research, which looked at 120 teaspoons and tablespoons from 25 households found that some held two to three times as much as others. The capacity of the teaspoons ranged from 2.5ml to 7.3ml, while the capacity of the tablespoons ranged from 6.7ml to 13.4ml.
The authors said: “Teaspoons and tablespoons, although convenient, are unreliable devices to measure and administer liquid medications.”
To avoid dosage differences, the team urged parents to use syringes.
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