Many drugs are given to infants as syrups or mixtures. This method of administration is necessary for drugs that taste unpleasant, but any that are tasteless or pleasant are better prescribed as tablets for the mother to crush and administer in a drink. Tablets are lighter, take up less space, provide greater accuracy of dose, and are less likely to be taken in excess. Liquid medicines can be more difficult to administer, and involve problems of inaccuracy, spillage, staining, sedimentation, decomposition and waste.
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