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6 Medication Safety Steps

When you're giving medication to your baby, make sure to follow all of your doctor's directions as well as these additional safety tips:

  1. Take the whole course of an antibiotic as prescribed, even if your child seems cured after a few days.
  2. Don't reuse a prescription left over from a previous illness, even if you suspect it's another bout of the same sickness.
  3. Measure medicine carefully -- even the difference of a mere milliliter can overdose a baby -- and use an appropriate dosing device rather than a kitchen spoon.
  4. Don't call medicine "candy."
  5. Don't forcibly squirt medicine down the back of your child's throat. A portion can get into the lungs, causing her to gag.
  6. Call your doctor if the medicine doesn't seem to be working, your child's condition worsens, or you notice unexpected side effects.

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.