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How to Give Liquid Medicine

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See instructions below:

  1. Wash your hands and dry them.
  2. Use a marked dropper or syringe to measure. Household teaspoons are not exact.
  3. Draw up the liquid medicine with the dropper or syringe. Hold the dropper or syringe at eye level to be sure it is exact.
  4. Check first with your pharmacist or doctor to see if your medicine can be mixed with food. If you can mix the medicine in another liquid (formula, juice) use only a small amount of liquid. This way you can make sure your child takes all of the medicine. • Medicine or vitamins (such as Polyvisol™) which are very thick or have a strong flavor are difficult for small infants to swallow; mix with 5-15 ml (which is 1-3 teaspoons) of breast milk or formula. You can use a bottle with a nipple to give the mixture and then follow it with your baby’s usual feeding.
  5. Children should sit up when the medicine is given. Cradle an infant in your arms with the head and shoulders raised above the chest and abdomen and press gently on the chin to open the mouth.
  6. Place the dropper/syringe toward the inside of the cheek near the back of the mouth.
  7. Give the medicine slowly, a little at a time. Make sure your child swallows the medicine.
  8. A small amount of medicine will remain in the very tip of the syringe. This is considered “dead space” and is not part of your child’s dose. Do not try to get this medicine out of the tip as this could result in an over dose, especially if the dose volume is small.
  9. After you give the medicine, wash, rinse and dry the dropper before you place it back in the bottle. Wash, rinse and allow the syringe to dry before the next use.
How to Gve Liquid Medicine

Helpful Information:

1 ml = 1 cc
1 tsp = 5 cc
1/2 tsp = 2.5 cc
1/4 tsp = 1.25 cc

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

Reviewed: 02/2009

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