Spoons are for Soup, Milliliters are for 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 Program website.