Injections for infants

by Cathy Parkes August 09, 2021 Updated: December 29, 2021

For intramuscular injections under 1 year old, use vastus lateralis muscle!

When administering intramuscular injections in infants under 1 year old, use the vastus lateralis muscle!

Administer IM injections at a 90° angle. Use a 20-23 gauge, 1 - 1.5 inch needle.



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