Being a parent of a baby with an illness can cause a lot of anxiety.Adding to your stress is the thought of giving your baby medicine.It is important for your baby’s comfort that you provide prescribed medications in a timely and proper manner.If you stay focused and calm, you can give your baby medicine if you understand the instructions.
Step 1: Know what the medicine is and how to use it.
Talk to your baby’s doctor before giving them any medication.Listen closely, take notes, and converse with the doctor until you are absolutely sure you know the answers to questions like: What condition does my baby have?What is the name of the drug?What will it do for my child?What form does the medication come in?How will I give it to my baby?How often?How will my baby respond?Is there any side effects I should watch out for?I don’t know how to store the medication.
Step 2: The original packaging and instructions should be retained.
Don’t put the medication in another container.Make a copy of the medication instructions and keep them in another location.If anyone else gives your baby the medication, make sure it’s clear on the instructions.
Step 3: Make sure the medication is stored correctly.
Some drugs need to be kept at a certain temperature.Refer to the instructions in the package.If you have young kids in the house, keep the medication in a locked drawer or a high cabinet.
Step 4: Only the provided vessel can be used.
The majority of liquid infant medications use a dropper.If a dropper is included with the medication, only this vessel should be used.Don’t use a spoon instead of a cup or needle.Take out the correct amount of medication.Do not think to yourself, “Close enough” or “A little extra won’t hurt.”
Step 5: Whenever you are unsure, ask questions.
If you have any questions or concerns, you can call the doctor or the pharmacy.It is their job to help you and your baby.
Step 6: Look for problems.
Make sure you know what to look out for when taking the medication.Contact the doctor if you think your baby is having an allergic reaction or showing a negative side effect.Take your child to the doctor if necessary.
Step 7: To project calm, stay calm.
It is possible for infants to pick up on their parents anxiety.Take a few deep breaths and compose yourself.You should remind yourself that you are helping your child.
Step 8: You should wash your hands.
Make sure you don’t bring germs with you.For at least twenty seconds, wash with soap and warm water.
Step 9: Take the medicine out of the bottle.
If you don’t check the instructions, most liquid medications should be shaken.
Step 10: Take the right amount of medication.
There is an opening for the included needle in many infant medication bottles.If that’s the case, depress the plunger of the syringe, push the tip into the bottle, and draw the medication into it.If the bottle has an open top, pull on the plunger to draw up the correct amount of medication.The medication should be drawn right up to the line.
Step 11: The baby is in the crook of your elbow.
They need to be secured in your arm.Their head is higher than their body if they are upright.If the baby is fussing and flailing around, it’s a good idea to swaddle them in a blanket or towel.If that’s the case, have someone else hold the child while you give the medicine.
Step 12: Place the tip of the dropper in their mouth.
The space between the inside of one of their cheeks and their lower gumline is what you should aim for.This will make swallowing easier.
Step 13: The medicine should be squeezed in small amounts.
Wait for the baby to swallow the liquid, then press a small amount into their mouth.The process should continue until the needle is empty.If the baby is able to swallow it easily, increase the amount of medicine provided per push.
Step 14: Feed your baby as usual.
This will help wash down the medicine.If the medicine should be taken with food, on an empty stomach, or between feedings, be sure to check.Ask your doctor what to do if your baby spits out medicine.If you draw up more medicine, you won’t be told to give it to the baby.
Step 15: It’s a good idea to talk to your pharmacist.
If you have trouble giving your baby oral medication, or if the baby doesn’t like the taste, talk to your pharmacist.If he or she can custom flavor the medicine in order to mask the taste, some prescribers and compounding pharmacists can do this.
Step 16: The medication needs to be prepared correctly.
If indicated in the instructions, shake the bottle.If the medication doesn’t come in a bottle with a dropper, make sure to draw up the correct amount.The closer to body temperature the ear drops are, the less jarring they will be for your baby.You should consult the instructions and your doctor.Before and after you prepare the medication, wash your hands.
Step 17: Wrap the baby tightly.
Keep them calm and still.Give yourself clear access to an ear by holding them level.
Step 18: Carefully tug on the earlobe.
You will have better access to the ear canal.Next to the opening, place the tip of the dropper.
Step 19: The correct number of drops should be put in the ear.
If your baby doesn’t respond well to the sensation, be prepared to hold them securely.Drop the medication quickly, but not so quickly that you can’t count the drops.
Step 20: If needed, repeat the process in the other ear.
It’s possible that your baby doesn’t need medicine placed in both ears.If they do, give the baby a few minutes to calm down and then drain the medicine from the ear canal.If you want to do it all over again, turn them to the other side.
Step 21: The medicine needs to be ready first.
If the bottle doesn’t have a built-in dropper, you can draw up the exact amount of liquid medicine you need by washing your hands.You should wash your hands again.You should do this before you try to calm your baby.
Step 22: Put the baby in your arms.
Limit flailing limbs and swaddle them to provide a calming effect.With their head in the crook of your elbow, hold them level.
Step 23: Pull the lower eyelid down.
A small pocket will be created beneath the eye.This is where you want to drop.
Step 24: One drop of medicine can be squeezed into the eyelid pocket.
Allow your baby to blink several times if you let go of the eyelid.The medication will be spread around the eye.Allow the baby to blink after squeezing a strip of medicine along the inner edge of the pulled-back lower eyelid.Don’t allow the medication dispensers to touch the eye or eyelid if you get close.
Step 25: Excess medication and tears should be wiped away.
Wait a few moments for the baby to get a bit more composed and then apply another drop to the same eye if more than one is prescribed, as instructed.
Step 26: If necessary, try an alternate approach.
You have another option if you can’t get the drop into the lower eyelid pocket.The baby should keep their eye closed.One drop should be squeezed onto the inner corner of their eye.It will be between the eyes.You can either rub their closed eyelids or open their eye.Make sure this is approved by your doctor.
Step 27: Put on a glove to wash your hands.
You are less likely to transmit germs if you deal with messes from your baby’s bottom with an ungloved hand.You are less likely to remove their rectum with your fingernail, which would make the process even less pleasant.
Step 28: Warm up the suppository.
Roll the suppository around in your hands and it will be more comfortable for your baby if it is a bit softer.Rub a bit of lubricating jelly over the suppository for additional comfort.Do not use petroleum jelly.The suppository might begin to break down.
Step 29: Your baby has an undiapered bottom.
Their usual changing table is a great place to put them.Lift their legs with one hand to expose and spread their buttocks.
Step 30: Put your index finger in the suppository.
The general rule of thumb is to push it only far enough that it won’t fall out.Contact your doctor if you have an obstruction or resistance.Suppositories are usually flatter and more rounded.Your doctor might recommend the opposite to help keep the suppository in place.
Step 31: The baby should be held together for a couple of minutes.
Only gentle pressure is needed.You can distract your baby from the strange sensation caused by the suppository.If you don’t put a diaper on your baby before too long, you may end up with a giant mess.