Subcutaneous injections: Injecting at home

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Step-by-step instructions for parents on giving injections into the fatty layer below the skin (subcutaneous) at home.

Key points

  • A subcutaneous injection is a medicine that is injected into the fatty layer just below the skin. It is just above the muscle.
  • The injection site varies with the age of your child.
  • Insert needle directly through the skin at a 45° angle into the fatty layer.
  • Give the injection quickly, and do not pull back on the plunger (aspirate) prior to injection.
  • Discard the needle and syringe in a thick, plastic bottle or sharps container with a lid.
  • Do not discard the needle in your regular garbage.
Last updated: November 25th 2010