Self-administration: Giving a Child Medicine

When giving liquid medicines to a baby or a young child, use a syringe or dropper to avoid spillage and ensure that you give the correct dose. If you are unsure how to use the syringe or dropper, ask your pharmacist to show you how to measure and give a dose of medicine. When treating the child, hold him or her securely to give reassurance and keep the child from struggling.

Giving medicine with a syringe

Place the tip of the syringe well inside the child’s mouth and angle it towards the cheek. Slowly press the plunger, allowing the child time to swallow. Do not aim directly down the child’s throat.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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