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has anyone given their baby any medication in (crushed) tablet form?

I would welcome advice from anyone who has had to give their baby any medication in (crushed) tablet form from around 19 weeks old. My son is currently 11 weeks I am breast feeding and plan to start weaning him at 17 weeks. I have not introduced a bottle.

I was wondering of the best way to give him a tablet each day whilst we are on holiday - crushed in milk or with food and if so what food.

Also has anyone given a young baby malarone?

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I wouldn't think that crushing a tablet is a good idea at all, im unsure what the medication is? I urge you to speak to a doctor before acting on anything.x


I would get advice off Doctor on this one.....Am guessing it must be a prescribed tablet you are thinking of giving your baby so the doctor should be able to advise best way to give it xxx


My Doctor and Health Visitor are aware and HV suggested I seek advice from other mums ...


Discuss with a pharmacist - done tablets can't be crushed (enteric coated ones - else they get broken down by stomach acid and don't work)

I'm not a paediatrician, but IIRC from pharmacology lectures, a lot of anti-malarials can't be given to children under a certain age/weight. How heavy is your LO?

Personally, I think your HV is a little reckless defaulting this to other mums!! Talk to your local, friendly pharmacist - if it is outside their comfort zone they can contact the paediatric pharmacists at your local hospital for advice. X


I know that malarone can be given to a baby of my sons age and can be crushed - just seeking advice from other Mums on best way to give it


Wooo! Even with baby brain, I remember my pharma from 6 years ago!

'Malarone paediatric tablets are not recommended for preventing malaria in children who weigh less than 11kg or for treating malaria in children who weigh less than 5kg.'

I very much doubt your 11 week old is 11Kg, unless you're fertilising them increasingly well!


Confirmed on the SPC...


I find it a bit strange that a health visitor said to speak to other mums about medication, surely she should be saying yes or no not telling u to discuss it with other people, sounds as though she isn't sure herself. have you spoke to a gp about it?


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