Measuring medicine? Don't use kitchen spoons
People who use kitchen spoons to measure medicine typically end up with too big or too small a dose, new research shows.
Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab and author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, led a study published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine showing that a group of almost 200 graduate students using kitchen spoons routinely mismeasured medicine, sometimes pouring as much as 20 percent too much. That excess could add up to danger over the course of an illness, Wansink notes, especially when the medicine is being administered to a child. Pouring too little could of course lessen the medicine's effectiveness, too.
So if grabbing a teaspoon from the kitchen drawer won't do, what should we use to measure meds? A measuring cap, dosing spoon, measuring dropper or a dosing syringe, Wansink advises.
Jennifer LaRue Huget
January 5, 2010; 11:37 AM ET
Categories: Family Health
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