Use a medicine spoon or dropper that has markings on it to measure your
child’s liquid medicine. The pharmacy may give you a medicine spoon
or dropper with your child’s medicine. You can also buy the spoon or
dropper at the drug store and use it for measuring liquid medicines for
The markings on the spoon or dropper help you measure the correct
amount of medicine. Using other spoons that you have in your home
without markings may cause you to give the wrong amount of medicine
and that could be unsafe.
Using the Dropper Open the medicine bottle.
Hold the medicine spoon up and find the
marking for the amount of medicine or
dose needed. There are 2 different
measurements, teaspoon (tsp.) and
millilitre (ml.), as shown on the pictures of
the spoon. (1 teaspoon = 5 millilitres.)
Find the measurement that matches the
dose you need.
Slowly pour the medicine from the bottle
into the spoon to the mark for the amount
needed. Set the bottle of medicine down.
Place the tip of the spoon in the child’s
mouth like a feeding spoon and give the
medicine. Be sure the child is sitting up
when giving the medicine.
- Clean the medicine spoon by washing it
- with warm water and mild soap. Rinse it
- well with clean water and let it air dry on a
- clean towel.
Using the Dropper
You may want to first practice using
the dropper with water to get used to
how it works. Be careful not to pull the
medicine up into the bulb of the
- Open the medicine bottle.
- Pick up the dropper and find the
mark on the dropper for the amount
or dose of medicine needed. There
are 2 different measurements,
teaspoon (tsp.) and millilitre (ml.),
as shown on the pictures of the
dropper. (1 teaspoon = 5 millilitres.)
Find the measurement that matches
the dose you need.
- Squeeze the bulb end and put the tip
of the dropper into the medicine
- Slowly let pressure off of the bulb.
You will see the medicine being
pulled up into the dropper.
- When you get the medicine pulled up to the mark of the amount
needed, pull the dropper tip out of the liquid and let the pressure off
of the bulb.
- Check that the medicine is to the right mark for the amount needed.
Squeeze the bulb to either remove extra medicine or to pull up more
medicine if needed.
- Place the dropper tip into the child’s mouth like a feeding spoon and
gently squeeze to release the medicine. Be sure the child is sitting up
when giving the medicine. For very young children, it may work best
to put the tip in towards their cheek, so they do not push the medicine
out with their tongue.
- Remove the bulb from the dropper and wash both pieces with warm
water and mild soap. Rinse the pieces well with clean water and then
let the pieces air dry on a clean towel.
- Medicine Safety
- Be sure to keep all medicines and the medicine spoon or dropper out
of the reach of children for safety.
- Check the dose amount. It may vary from one child to another based
on the child’s weight or age.
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure how to give any
medicine to your child. You need to be sure you know:
- What medicine and how much you should give your child.
- How often you should give the medicine.
- How long you should give the medicine. Some medicine may
- only be given for a few days. Other medicine may need to be
given for years to treat long term problems.