How to Give Medicine
When giving medicine, be sure to:
- Check with your doctor before giving any medicine.
- Use the right amount, or dose, at the right time. For the right dose, ask your doctor.
- Check the date on the bottle or package. Do not use medicines after the expiration date.
- Always give all the medicine the doctor says, even if your child seems better.
- Never call medicine “candy.”
- Be patient. Many children do not like medicine.
- Never leave medicine where your child can reach it. Keep caps tightly closed.
- Never give your child anyone else’s medicine.
By Mouth (Orally)
- Read the label carefully to find out how much and when to give the medicine.
- Measure the exact amount you need. Use a medicine spoon or medicine dropper, available at drugstores.
- If your child spits up the medicine, ask your doctor what to do.
- If your child has trouble taking pills, crush them into little pieces, and mix them with applesauce or ice cream.
- Lay your child on his side, and gently pull his ear toward the back of his head.
- Give the exact number of drops prescribed.
- Try to keep child in the same position for one minute to allow drops to flow into ear.
Eye Drops or Ointment
- Lay your child on his back, put your finger below his eyes, and gently pull down the lower eyelid.
- Put the drops or ointment in the lower lid, or into the eye without touching the eye or eyelid with the dropper or tube.
- Lay your child on his back.
- Put in the right number of drops.
- For nose sprays, your child can sit up or stand.
Suppositories are medicines that are put in your child’s rectum. Do not give your child a suppository without specific instructions from your doctor.
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