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What’s the best way to medicate an infant?

It is impossible to reason with a baby when it comes time for them to take their medicine. They do not understand the need, or urgency, involved with medication. Babies can be downright stubborn as well. So what is the best way to be certain a child gets their regular dosage?

There are a number of methods you can try. One of the most popular options is adding flavour to the medication. Over the counter products for children are often already flavoured. However, many pharmacies these days have a list of different flavour options available so that you can customize according to your baby’s preferences.

Parents can also try hidden the medicine in the child’s food. However, this can get tricky. If you can get it into the baby’s bottle, and you are sure the child is hungry enough to eat the full portion, than this method works well.

Have on hand a variety of different medication tools like spoons, droppers, and measuring cups. Even if you baby prefers one over the other it is possible a time will arise where you need to switch up applicators. Having a few different ones available gives you more options.

There are a few sensitive areas in a child’s mouth. Avoid the tastebuds, front and centre of the tongue, and the roof or back of the baby’s mouth, which will cause a gag reflex. The best areas for medicine are the pockets between the baby’s cheek and gums, toward the back of the mouth.

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