Check it out: Squeezy pouches for medicine delivery (sponsored)

Pediacare® is sponsoring a series of posts here and we hope that as we trod through cold and flu season together, you’ll find them useful.

Sometimes a scary news story makes me question myself, even when I know what I’m doing. I keep hearing that acetaminophen is being doled out wrong, even by well-meaning parents and hospital staff.  This makes me check the instructions twice and the level on the little plastic cup three times. Do you do that?

A 2010 study found that parents giving children liquid medications often gave too much, especially when the dosing device was a cup instead of a spoon or oral syringe. If I were leaving my sick kid to be medicated by a babysitter or grandparent, I might worry extra about dosing accuracy. Did they check the level on the cup three times?

So I think this single serving Pediacare packet is a pretty good idea, especially for traveling families who want to have some fever-reducing medicine with them just in case.

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The pouches are available in two sizes, based weight and age of child, and are a little more like a ketchup packet than your modern-day apple sauce squeeze pouch:

Ages 4-5 or 36-47 lbs. – 7.5 mL per dose
Ages 6-8 or 48-59 lbs. – 10 mL per dose

You’ll find these in your drugstore or grocery chain. Or you can order a box of 7 doses on Amazon (although only when you’re placing a bigger order because they are an “add-on” item.) Make sure to select the age of child for whom you are purchasing them, prioritizing the correct weight over age.

Pediacare single dose fever-reducer and pain reliever

Here’s a little commercial about the pouches where you can see a little girl accept a shot of Pediacare from a single dose packet to get a sense of how they work and feel.

And hey, fans of PediaCare can upload a *squeezable moment* photo of their child (tender, cute or silly) for a chance to become the PediaCare Facebook cover photo, win an iPad Mini, or receive a gift basket filled with PediaCare® goodies.

Though it’s a couple years old, I think I’ll enter this one of Scarlett giving me a squeeze on a Sunday morning outside our house.

Mother daughter shot

For more information check out the Squeezable Moments Sweepstakes on Facebook.

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.