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Spoons are for Soup, Milliliters are for Medicine

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Spoons are for soup. Do not use household spoons to measure medicine. Use the oral syringe or dosing cup that comes with your liquid medicine.

Spoons are for Soup

  • Do not use household spoons to give medicines.
  • Spoons come in all shapes and sizes. Using a tablespoon instead of a teaspoon can mean 3 times too much medicine for your child.

Milliliters (mL) are for Medicine

  • Use the oral syringe or dosing cup that comes with your liquid medicine to make sure your child gets the right amount.
  • Ask your pharmacist if you don’t have one.

To learn more, visit CDC’s Medication Safety website.

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