How to give medication safely

How to give medication safely


Giving your child their medicine
properly — the right drug, the right dose, taken the proper way — is important. Not only will it determine
how effective the medicine is, but if taken incorrectly,
medicine can be dangerous. Before you give your child
anything, read the label carefully. Some medicines are designed to
be given at a specific time of day; others, only when your child has symptoms. Some have to be taken with food; others are to be taken
on an empty stomach. Read the dosing instructions
on the bottle carefully so you give your child the right amount. With liquid medicine, use
the syringe or measuring spoon the pharmacy gave you. Fill to the line, looking straight
at the barrel, not on an angle. Tap to get rid of any air bubbles. There are important safety tips
to follow with all medicines. Some medicines contain
several different drugs. If you combine medications,
you can end up giving your child more of a certain drug
than they should have. Always read the label and find
out what drugs you are giving and how much of each one. If you’re not sure of the amounts or
combinations, ask the doctor or pharmacist. You should also ask them
what to do if you miss a dose. If you need instructions in your
preferred language, tell the pharmacist. Keep a list of all the medications
your child is taking, including vitamins, non-prescription
drugs and herbal medicines. It is a good idea to get all the
medications from the same pharmacy.

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