Expert Advice -- Dosage: Conversion table

I need to give my daughter six cc's of medication. What is that in teaspoons, or tablespoons? Maybe you could put a conversion chart on the site.


Robert Steele

Robert W. Steele, MD, is a board certified pediatrician at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield, MO. He graduated from medical... Read more

There are so many ways to measure medications you would think conversion tables would be rather common. And yet, this obvious need identified by parents is not so obvious to the physicians that prescribe the medications. Liquid medications are commonly written in cc's, ml's, and tablespoons. Directions for formula may be described in cc's. ml's, cups, or ounces. How confusing it can all get! Therefore, it is always important to ask the pharmacist about how to best measure your medications. Much of the time, they will supply you with a handy measuring device with cc's, ml's, and tsp's already marked free of charge.

Nonetheless, I will certainly take your advice and supply a conversion chart. But before I do let me help you with your conversion:
6cc's = 6ml's = 1 1/5 tsp's
As you can see, it will be a bit difficult to measure out 1/5 of a teaspoon. Therefore, I suggest you obtain an accurate metric measuring device and use the cc's.

cc's stands for cubic centimeters.
ml's stands for milliliters
One cc = one ml They are equivalent.
One teaspoon = 5 cc = 5 ml
One Tablespoon (Tbl) = 15 cc = 15 ml
One Tablespoon = 3 teaspoons
One ounce = 30 cc = 30 ml = 2 Tablespoons = 6 teaspoons
8 ounces (The common size for a formula bottle) = 240 cc = 240 ml

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