How to Give your Child Liquid Medication

How to Give your Child Liquid Medication

Administering liquid medications to your child
can be tricky, but taking care to give them correctly is important to the health of your
child. Today, we will present to you an easy way to remember the tools needed to give medicines
to your child — the 3 R’s: right medicine, right dose, and right time. Right Medicine When your child is prescribed a medication,
it is important to be comfortable with how to read the label.
Be sure the medicine is labeled with your child’s name, and never give your child a
medicine labeled for someone else. Here is the name of the medicine, and this
is where you can find the dose. Remember that all medications should be kept
in a safe place out of the reach of small children. Always store adult and child medications
in separate areas. This will decrease the chance of mixing up the containers by accident.
Be sure to read the label carefully to find out how your medicine should be stored. If
your medicine needs to be kept in the refrigerator, put it on a high shelf towards the back so
that your child can’t reach it. Also, be sure to see if your medication requires
shaking before measuring. Right Dose Giving too little or too much medication may
be harmful to your child. If you give too little, your child’s illness or disease may
not be treated appropriately. If you give too much, your child may have harmful side
effects or run out of the medicine too early. There are many kinds of tools to use to administer
liquid medicines. Some common ones are: dosing spoon; syringe; cup; and dropper. Always use the dosing instrument that comes
with the medicine. If a medicine does not come with a dosing instrument, or you are
uncomfortable with a particular device, ask your pharmacist to recommend one. Store the
device and the medicine together. Remember, you should never use a kitchen utensil,
such as a spoon, to measure medications. Spoons come in a variety of sizes which makes it
impossible to measure accurately. For over-the-counter medicines, it is important
to know your child’s weight, as medication dosing for children is based on weight and
not age. If you need help figuring out the right dose, always call your child’s pediatrician! To give a medicine, follow these steps:
• Make sure when measuring liquid medications, you are not distracted and the room is well
lit • Check the label to verify the dose. It
may be marked in “milliliters” or “teaspoons” • After you see how much medicine you need,
draw up or pour to the correct line. When measuring the liquid medication, always be
sure to look at it at eye level. With dosing cups, measure on a flat surface and not while
holding in one hand. • After measuring liquid medications, immediately
replace the cap • Administer the medication to your child,
being sure to give the full dose, which is often best accomplished by placing the device
toward the back in the mouth Right Time Be sure to administer the doses at the right
times every day by reading the label carefully, If there are multiple caregivers who will
give your child the medicine, keep a simple chart on the refrigerator to keep track. Remember, correctly administering liquid medications
to your child is an important skill. By ensuring you are using the right medicine, right dose,
and right time, you will keep your child safe and healthy. If you ever have any questions
about medications, call your pediatrician for help!


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