Give proper medication: a small guide for parents of small patients – The visit to the pediatrician is over, and the medicine from the pharmacy is already worried. At this point, many parents have the question, how do I administer my medication properly now?
Is your child against it? – You are not alone
Did you try all the tricks to convince your child to take medicine? If you can not get your little patient to take or use a medicine at all, talk to himPediatrician of your confidence.
Often, you will receive tips or alternative preparations in the pediatric practice, which still lead to success. Many parents report similar problems. For example, if your child does not experience nausea and vomiting, you may be given antifebrile agents as juice rather than a suppository.
Always dose correctly
It is important that you always follow the medically prescribed dosage. This is the only way the drug can best work against a condition and avoid side effects and symptoms of overdose.Using pipettes and syringes without needles, the quantities can be measured most accurately.
For very small patients, who like to take pacifiers, you will receive so-called medicine pacifiers in the baby shop and pharmacy. In these, you can fill the medicine and administer it so easily.
Proper medication: Even the technique is important
So that your child does not lose patience and readiness when giving the medication, you should know how to give eye and nose drops and Co. Especially with the administration of suppositories, this is important. Have your child lie on one side with their legs bent and put some cream on the suppository before slowly pushing it into the butt. So it slides better.
So that it stays in the butt, you should briefly squeeze the buttocks slightly and reward your child for his bravery.
As with many adults, it is difficult for children to swallow tablets. To avoid this problem, you have the option to dissolve tea or juice in breast milk when the baby is still breastfed and then to give it to your little patient. Many medications such as fever and cough syrups are especially for children in fruity and sweeter flavors so that medicine does not have to taste bitter.
For the safe administration of nasal and eye drops, it is often helpful for babies and toddlers when a second person holds the head. Children who already understand what they are told should lie quietly when giving eye drops and with their head straight, look sideways against the wall or other interesting objects.
Try dribbling the drops into the outer, white area of the eye. From there it spreads best in the entire eye. Be careful not to touch the eye with the pipette to avoid injury and contamination.
Disposable dosing packages also prevent unwanted contamination. Also, they have the advantage that they contain fewer preservatives and therefore less burn in the eye. Eye drops are usually more pleasant than eye ointments.
If you need to give your little patient ear drops, it helps to place the head sideways in the lap and then drip the ear drops in the ear. Make sure that the ear drops are as warm as possible. Warm the medicine bottle in your hand.
For the administration of nose drops, your child should also lie down as quietly as possible and, in addition to praising words, also receive a small reward for motivation. Should your child despite all attempts very strong against you refuse medication, have your pediatrician show you how to administer it with the right hand and, if necessary, with a second person.
For example, you can wrap a wildly kicking baby in a blanket and soothe it while you are on medication.
SUMMARY: GIVE PROPER MEDICATION
MIDWIFE TIP BY INA ELMER
Midwife & mother
- In the trade, you get small bottles for drug administration. Depending on the active ingredient, the preparation may be administered dissolved in breast milk or the pre-nourishment to the child.