10 medicine dos and don’ts
Take care when giving your baby that pill or potion.

Visiting the doctor each time your baby is slightly restless or displays a hint of discomfort is ludicrous, but a great amount of caution has to be exercised when administering medication to your little one/s.

10 medicine dos and don’ts

  1. Don’t give your baby any medicine which is not recommended by your doctor.
  2. Don’t self-diagnose your baby and give him/her medication which was previously prescribed by your doctor.
  3. Check expiry dates on all medicines you use.
  4. Don't use kitchen spoons when measuring medications, invest in a medicine measure.
  5. Shake medications before use if the instructions require it.
  6. Refrigerate medications after opened if the label says you must.
  7. Don't give medication in a dark room, you need to see that you are giving the exact correct dose – and the right medication.
  8. Give a whole course of treatment, especially antibiotics.
  9. Don't mix medication with honey, which may contain bacteria that is not good for small babies.
  10. Do not give a baby or child aspirin.

How to give your baby medication

  • Ask your pharmacist if child-friendly flavouring is available for your prescription.
  • Cold medication tastes better than warm; ask the pharmacist if chilling it will affect it strength.
  • Use a shallow medication spoon rather than a deep feeding spoon.
  • Ask the pharmacist for a medicine spoon or plastic syringe.
  • Ask your doctor if you can mix the medication with a small amount of fruit juice or mashed fruit.

Rules for storing medicine

  • No matter how well you try to hide things, children always manage to get their hands on them. They will eat and drink anything that looks remotely edible.
  • Keep medicine out of reach.
  • Don’t leave these containers standing on your bedside table, in the bathroom or in your bag where children can easily find them.
  • Keep medicine cabinets locked at all times.
  • Only use original containers. Most containers come with a childproof cap.
  • Don’t put medicine into containers that could be mistaken for something else.
  • Throw away old, expired medication as this is dangerous and can cause harm if a child finds them. Rather ask the pharmacy to dispose of them safely.
  • Don’t store medication with food or household products.

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