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How are doses of antibiotics determined for babies?

How are doses of antibiotics determined for babies?
Submitted by American Baby Team

Babies range greatly in size, so drug dosages are based on a baby's weight, not his age -- the smaller the baby, the greater the impact of a missed or inaccurate dose. Most of the time your instructions will be given in milliliters (or cc's). Five milliliters (or 5 cc's) technically equals one teaspoon, but don't use an actual teaspoon to determine the amount, because your dose could be off. Instead, use a medicine syringe labeled with milliliters or cc's to be certain that you're measuring out the right amount.

Originally published in American Baby magazine, January 2008. Updated 2009

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