How to Give Your Baby Medication | Parents

How to Give Your Baby Medication | Parents

When your baby get sick, he may need medicine
but won’t necessarily want to take it. Try these pointers. If your infant is younger
than 1, you’ll probably be giving him a liquid medicine through a syringe. Before your pediatrician
prescribes doesn’t come in a liquid. Ask your pharmacist to compound it into a liquid or
crush the tablets yourself and add the recommended dose to a small amount of breast milk or formula
which you draw up into the syringe. Don’t add it to a bottle though. It can stick to
the sides and your baby may not get the recommended dose. When using the syringe, point it towards
the inside of your baby’s cheek and slowly release the medication allowing your child
time to swallow. If he doesn’t wanna open that, put your finger on the side of his mouth
and gently tug outwards. If your baby vomits after you give him the medication, call your
pediatrician for next steps. With any medication, be on the lookout for allergic reactions such
as hives, swelling in the tongue or lips, difficulty breathing, lethargy, or if your
baby is otherwise acting different than usual. If he’s showing any of these symptoms, call
your pediatrician.


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