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Medicines that you give into a muscle are called intramuscular (IM) injections. Sometimes a family caregiver must give IM injections.
The IM injection site and size of the needle will depend on your child’s needs. Always follow the instructions given by your care team.
Note: Some syringes come prefilled with medicine. You might also have to draw up the medicine. Always check the medication label for the type of medicine and dose. Follow your care team’s instructions.
Learn how to get rid of used needles and other sharps safely.
Common places to give an IM injection include:
Use a different site each time to prevent irritation or scars. Keep track of when and where you give an injection.
Choose an injection site that avoids major blood vessels and nerves.
Do not use areas that are:
Talk to your care team if you have any questions.
Reviewed: September 2022