When a child is sick, the doctor often prescribes some tablets and medicine in liquid form.

Can I say 'I feed the medicine to my child.' ? Or should I say 'I give the medicine to my child.' Or are both verbs wrong? If so, how should I describe such an action?
Give is certainly fine.

Administer is another verb you could use.

Feed would sound very odd.

(Edited: Sorry - I thought I had hit post and now see that I did not - and someone else has posted in the meantime.)
'I give the medicine to my child' is the correct option; to me 'feed' suggests some form of nourishment, rather than medical treatment, and generally would not be used in this particular context. 'To feed' is actually more commonplace when talking of animals, for example:
"I fed the cat"
"The horses were feeding on the hay"
The only real instance where it could be used to describe humans is if you are comparing them to animals in some way.
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Thanks, GG and Breen, for replying to my query.

In this case, let s suppose the child has a disability, for example and so he/she cannot take the medicine by him/herself. We have to put medicine in his/her mouth, give him water, and even encourage him swallow the medicine. So, in such situation, which verb should be used? 'give' does not seem to be perfect for this case. Any idea?

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car tile 318'give' does not seem to be perfect for this case.

It is fine. There is nothing wrong with it.

you mean 'feed' works well here.


The normal term here is 'give'.

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