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

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

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Giving medicine to a sick, squirmy, and unhappy child is tricky. Here's how to use an oral syringe in a few, simple steps:

  • 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, return it to the bottle.
  • Put the syringe into your child's mouth and gently squirt 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 child gag.

How to give medicine safely with an oral syringe

You'll want to give medicine safely with an oral syringe, too. Here are some general guidelines:

  • To help prevent the spread of germs, wash your hands thoroughly before (and after) giving your child any medicine.
  • 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.
  • If the oral syringe has a removable cap, take it off and throw it away. (Children have been known to choke on these caps.)
  • Wash the syringe thoroughly with warm water before using it for the first time, between doses, or before administering a different medication.
  • If you're administering over-the-counter medicine, read the directions carefully to determine the correct dose, using your child's weight as a guide.
  • If your child is taking prescription medicine, follow the instructions on the label or ask the pharmacist to mark the correct fill level on the oral syringe.

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