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Study: Most parents give wrong dosage with liquid medications

A new study finds four out of five parents make at least one dosing error when giving liquid medication to their child. (WHAM photo)

(WHAM) - A new study finds four out of five parents make at least one dosing error when giving liquid medication to their child.

Doctors said Tuesday that measuring liquid medications can be confusing for parents. They suggest using oral syringes instead of cups.

The report showed parents made fewer mistakes when using the oral syringes.

Doctors say dispensing too little or too much medication, whether that medicine is Tylenol or antibiotics, can still be worrisome.

"It is concerning the high prevalence rate of medication errors," said Dr. Sandra Jee, a pediatrician with URMC. "And certainly it's unintentional but I think with better awareness, we as providers can reinforce how you take appropriate dosing of medication for children."

Doctors said parents should ask for an oral syringe if one is not provided for them.

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