How do I use an oral syringe to give my baby medicine?

How do I use an oral syringe to give my baby medicine?

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First, wash your hands thoroughly to prevent spreading germs, then follow these steps to get the right dose:

Fill the oral syringe

  • If you're administering over-the-counter medicine, read the directions carefully to determine the correct dose, using your baby's weight as a guide.
  • If your baby is taking prescription medication, follow the directions on the label or ask the pharmacist to mark the correct fill level on the oral syringe.
  • If the oral syringe has a removable cap, take it off and throw it away. (Children have been known to choke on these caps.)
  • Check the measurements on the side of the syringe to see how much to fill it.
  • Push the syringe's plunger all the way down. Then put the tip of the syringe into the medicine bottle or a small cup with some of the medicine poured into it. Slowly pull back on the plunger until the syringe fills to the appropriate mark.
  • Make sure there aren't any large air bubbles in the syringe. If there are, empty the syringe and try again.
  • If there's medicine left in the cup after you fill the syringe to the correct level, return it to the bottle.

Give your baby the medicine

  • Hold your baby the same way you do when you nurse or feed him.
  • Put the syringe into your baby's mouth and gently squirt a small amount of the medicine between his tongue and the side of his mouth. This helps him swallow it easily. (Don't squirt the medicine at the back of his throat because that's likely to make your baby gag.)
  • If you need to give him another squirt, wait until he swallows the first one entirely. Make sure he's finished taking it all before laying him down.
  • Wash your hands again.

Oral syringes, droppers, and special dosage spoons are sometimes packaged with the medicine. Always use whatever device comes with the medicine to be sure of getting the correct dose. Rinse it out well between doses or before administering a different medication.

Get more tips for giving medicine to your child safely and effectively.

Watch the video: Administering medication to your baby (August 2022).

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