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Giving medicines to children

Rongoā mō ngā tamariki

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If you think your tamaiti (child) may have taken too much medicine, get medical help immediately. Take your tamaiti to your general practice team, an after-hours clinic or the hospital Emergency Department. Take the bottle of medicine with you to give the medical team as much information as possible.

toddler taking medicine from a measuring cupIt's much easier to give a tamaiti medicine if you're calm and confident. While some tamariki (children) may find it difficult to take medicine at first, most will get the hang of it with practice.

If your tamaiti is taking medicine, make sure you measure the dose carefully with a syringe or small medicine cup. Tamariki come in all shapes and sizes and need to have an exact dose according to their weight and age. This is so that the medicine works and doesn't do any harm.

If you think your tamaiti is not taking full doses of their medicine, talk to your pharmacist or general practice team.

The links below provide tips on easy ways to get your tamaiti to take their medicine correctly.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed March 2023.


See also:

How to take medicines

Pain relief for children & teenagers

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