According to the National Institutes of Health, medication management for children is of rising concern. Guidance from the AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics indicates that using teaspoons and tablespoons should be avoided and replaced with dispensing by pediatric medication syringes.
Accurate dosage measurement can ensure both effective treatment, and prevent excessive administration of medication to children. The precise graduations on pediatric medication syringes ensure correct doses are delivered based on manufacturer recommendations. According the AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics, standard label language for medications is being updated to define dosages in milliliters as a standard and will be identified by the standard abbreviation mL.
Each year, over 70,000 children visit the emergency room to receive treatment for unintentional medication overdose. This number is greatly reduced when standard milliliter based dosing is used. Standardizing measurements to metric mL units and using pediatric medication syringes
will greatly reduce these errors.