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How to use infantó
How to use infantó

The infant suppository is a great option for treating fever and pain, because absorption in the rectum, which is the final portion of the intestine, is greater and faster, taking less time to relieve symptoms when compared to the same medicine used orally. In addition, it does not pass through the stomach and is an easy way of administering the medication when the child is still very young or rejects the medication.

In addition to suppositories for pain and fever relief, there are other types of suppositories for the treatment of constipation or for the treatment of cough with phlegm.

Top Suppositories for Children

The main infant suppositories available for use in children are:

1. Dipyrone

Dipyrone suppository, known under the trade name Novalgina, is indicated to relieve pain and lower fever and can be used by children over 4 years of age or who weigh more than 16 kg.

The recommended dose is 1 suppository of dipyrone 300 mg rectally up to a maximum of 4 times a day, that is, 1 suppository every 6 hours and the treatment time should be done with pediatrician guidance. See also how to use children's dipyrone drops or syrup.

Cautions before use: Dipyrone suppository for children must be stored in the original aluminum package, in a cool place, away from light and heat so that the suppository does not have a soft consistency. Before applying the suppository, it is recommended to check if it is softened and, if it is observed that it is soft, it is recommended to place the aluminum package for a few seconds in ice water so that the suppository hardens again.Do not use the suppository when it has expired.

2. Glycerin

The glycerin suppository is indicated for the treatment and/or prevention of constipation as it softens the stool, facilitating its elimination. This suppository can be found in different doses, being indicated for babies up to 2 years the glycerin suppository of 0.828 g or 0.92 g, found under the trade names Glycerin or Glycerin Hertz Infantil.

For children over 2 years of age, the glycerin suppository has a dose of 1.55 g, and can be found under the trade name Granado Glycerin Suppository.

The recommended dose for babies or children is 1 suppository per day or as directed by the pediatrician, applied rectally. In babies, it is recommended to introduce the thinnest part of the suppository and hold the other end with the fingers until evacuation occurs.

Cautions before use: the glycerin suppository should be kept in its original packaging and stored in a cool place, away from light and heat.Before applying this remedy, it is advisable to wet the suppository in running water to prevent irritation of the child's intestinal mucosa. Do not use the suppository when it has expired.

3. Transpulmin

Pediatric Transpulmin suppository contains camphor, eucalyptol, menthol and guaiacol in its composition, with expectorant, mucolytic and anti-inflammatory action, which help to make the phlegm more liquid, facilitating its elimination through the lungs, being indicated for the treatment of cough with phlegm in children over 2 years of age.

The recommended dose of this remedy is 1 to 2 suppositories per day. Discover other ways to use Transpulmin.

Cautions before use: Transpulmin suppository should be stored at room temperature, away from light and moisture, in the original packaging. Before applying the Transpulmin suppository, place the packet in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes.Do not use the suppository when it has expired.

How to use the infant suppository

Before applying the suppository, wash your hands well with water and neutral soap and the way to use children's suppositories must follow some steps that include:

  1. Remove the aluminum or plastic packaging from the suppository;
  2. Place the child in a comfortable position that, in the case of babies, should be lying on the side with one leg stretched out and the other bent in front of the body, or in the case of older children, it can also be squatted or standing with a bent leg leaning on a bench, for example;
  3. With one hand, spread the child's buttocks apart, using the thumb and index finger, in order to leave the other hand free;
  4. With your free hand, hold the suppository with the rounded part facing up and introduce the suppository into the child's anus, pushing it lightly but firmly towards the child's navel, which is the same direction as the rectum has;
  5. Gently press one buttock against the other for a few seconds to prevent the suppository from coming back;
  6. Wash your hands well with water and mild soap after applying the suppository.

If it is difficult to apply the suppository, as in cases of dryness caused by constipation, for example, you can soak the suppository in running water or use a little water-based intimate lubricant gel. Vaseline or mineral oil should never be used to help apply the suppository, as this can cut the effect of the medicine.

Another important recommendation in the case of glycerin suppository is that you should wait about 15 to 30 minutes after its application, so that the suppository is completely absorbed, except in the case where the child wants to have a bowel movement before that.

What if the suppository comes back again?

In some cases, after inserting the suppository, it may come back out and this may occur when the pressure exerted when inserting it was too small.In these cases, the suppository that came back should be thrown away and another one should be applied again with more pressure, but being careful not to hurt the child.

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