Techniques for Administering Medicine

Dos and Don'ts

Dos

  • Ask your doctor whether medicine should be given before or after meals, and if the drug needs to be refrigerated.
  • Inform your doctor if baby is taking any other medicine -- mixing certain OTC medicines with prescription drugs may not be safe.
  • Write down what time you administer medicines so you don't get confused.

Don'ts

  • Don't "double up" on the amount of medicine if you've missed a dose. Skip it, and give your baby the regular amount at the next scheduled time.
  • Don't store medicine in the bathroom; temperature changes and humidity can affect a drug's stability.
  • Never give baby medicine without asking your pediatrician first.

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