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Playing Doctor to your Baby

Giving medicine to your babyAdministering medicine to your baby is an acquired skill and each time might produce different results. Infant medication tends to have a pleasantly sweet taste to it but this doesn’t stop them from spitting it all up on you!

Common aches and growing pains range from mild to moderate to serious. Whether your baby has the sniffles, is suffering from teething pains or has a high fever the most accurate way of determining the need for medication is to pay a visit to the doctor’s rooms.

Signs that mean your baby needs to see a doctor

General indications that baby is not feeling well include uncontrollable crying and fussiness when touched, a lack of appetite and lethargy. Danger signs include baby not wanting to wake up or having extreme vomiting and ddiarrhoea, especially with blood in the stool. These symptoms will alert you to the need for a visit to the doctor.

Administering the medication

Once medication and professional advice have been dispensed, make sure you keep strictly to the prescribed dosing amounts and intervals. Other handy tips would have you seat baby at a 45-degree angle and keep his arms down by his side and the back of his head supported against your arm.

Administer the liquid a few drops at a time. Too much will cause baby to cough, splutter and spit the whole lot out.

Aim the drips to the side of the tongue near the back of the mouth to avoid choking and avoid the temptation to get it down all in one go or to squirt into the cheek pouches as he is likely to store it there and spit it back out at the first opportunity.

Medicine is not always essential

It’s also important to refrain from giving baby medicine unless it is completely necessary; remember that your child's body needs to be given the chance to fight infection and build up immunity.


Article reprinted with permission from www.all4women.co.za
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