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How do you administer a baby suppository?

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To administer a baby suppository, wash your hands thoroughly, put disposable gloves on, and lay the child on his side with his upper leg bent forward. Separate the buttocks cheeks, and use lubricant to insert the suppository. Hold the buttocks cheeks together for a few minutes as the suppository dissolves.

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  1. Wash your hands and put on gloves

    Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap. Dry your hands, and put on disposable gloves. Remove the suppository from the foil package. If the suppository is too soft, place it in the refrigerator, in its foil packaging, for 30 minutes.

  2. Lay the baby on his side

    Lay the baby on his side, and gently bend his upper leg forward toward his stomach. Separate the buttocks cheeks until the anus is visible.

  3. Use lubricant to insert the suppository

    Apply a small amount of lubricant, such as K-Y Jelly, onto the tip of the suppository. Gently insert the suppository into the rectum, just far enough that it doesn't come back out.

  4. Hold the buttocks cheeks together for a few minutes

    Squeeze the baby’s buttocks cheeks together for up to 10 minutes to prevent the infant from pushing the suppository out. The suppository begins to take effect after it dissolves.

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