How to flavor liquid medicine (1938)

Key points below

What is flavoring a liquid medicine?

Adding flavoring to a liquid medicine to make it taste better.  Do not add flavoring into the medicine bottle.  It must be added to each dose just before it is given.  Be sure to ask your pharmacist if flavoring can be used with each medicine.

Why is it needed?

Medicine is hard to take if it doesn’t taste good.

What are the steps?

1. Prepare a clean workspace.

2. Wash your hands.

3. Get your supplies.

4. Draw up the correct amount of medicine from the medicine bottle.


5. Pour a small amount of flavored liquid into a clean glass or medicine cup.  Put the tip of the syringe into the flavoring. Pull back on the plunger.  This pulls flavoring up into the syringe.


6. Give the flavored medicine to the patient by mouth right away.


7. Wash the syringe with warm water after each use.

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