Techniques for Administering Medicine

Get some helpful tips on making that medicine go down.

Before You Start

It's no treat to wrestle a squirmy, inconsolable child to get three drops of medicine into him. But when your baby is sick, medicine is often a must. Here are some effective techniques that can make your job a little easier in helping the medicine go down.

Make sure you're measuring the right amount. Over-the-counter and prescription medicine for babies comes in "infant drops," which are usually prescribed in milliliters (ml) or cubic centimeters (cc), or in a liquid or "elixir" form that's measured in teaspoons (tsp). To measure, use the dosing instrument that comes with the bottle, or use one of the tools available at your local pharmacy.

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