Before you give your child any medication, check with your child's doctor. He / she will determine the correct dose for your child. Before you give a medication, make sure that you know:

  • Name of the medicine
  • Correct dosage (amount of medicine, often written as both the strength and volume)
  • Time(s) of day to give medicine
  • Number of days to continue the medicine
  • Special instructions (example: give with food, give on an empty stomach, refrigerate)
  • Side effects to watch for
  • When to call the doctor if you have concerns

Liquid medications should be measured using either a syringe, medication cup or special medication spoon. Occasionally a medication will be packaged with a graduated dropper for measuring doses.

Teaspoons and tablespoons used at home are not accurate and should not be used to measure medication doses. Medication cups are useful when giving medication to older children.