Giving medicine to children, especially to babies, can be tricky. Here are some tips to make things easier. Babies are more likely to take their medicine when they’re hungry, so give it to them before you feed them. They’re also less likely to spit it up that way. Now, let’s go over how to prepare the medicine. First, measure the dose with the spoon or syringe that you got from the pharmacy. Now give the medicine to your child in small amounts and watch for them to swallow before you give them more. If you’re using a syringe, try putting the medicine inside their cheek pouch. This will prevent them from gagging. If you’re still having trouble, try giving your baby a popsicle or a freezie before giving them medicine. The sweet taste, and slight numbing sensation will help the medicine go down. We recommend, unless you have to, you don’t mix medicine with food or drinks. Mixing it makes it harder to know if the full dose has been taken. If that’s the only way your child will take the medicine, check with your pharmacist first, because certain foods, like yogurt or applesauce, can stop the medication from working. And others, like honey or syrup, work only if your child is not on a restricted diet. If you do use food or drink, use a very small amount, like this, so that the child will finish it all. When giving medicine to any child, it’s important that you double check the amount and the dose with the instructions that are written on the bottle. If you use a log or a medicine diary, that can help to prevent either giving too many doses, or missing some doses. Ask your pharmacist about foods or other medicines that may stop it
from working properly. If you have any concerns about
the amount of medicine, or if your child is refusing to take it, speak with your pharmacist.