How do I give potassium iodide (KI) to young children?
Children three to 18 years old should take a half pill. Children at the low end of that age range may have difficulty, or refuse to, swallow a pill. You can crush the half pill into a fine powder, by grinding it with the back of a teaspoon. The powder can then be mixed with something your child would swallow, like applesauce or pudding. If you put the powder into a liquid like milk or water, the powder will settle out in a minute or two. If this happens, mix it again to ensure that your child gets his or her complete dose. Children a month to three years old should take a quarter pill. It is best to crush the pill into a fine powder and mix it with water or milk. Newborns up to a month old should take an eighth of a 130 mg pill. It is very difficult to cut a pill into eighths, dividing powder is easier. You should crush the entire tablet to a fine powder. Divide the powder into eight equal piles. Put an eighth of the powder into a baby bottle, add breast milk or formula, shake the mixt