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Getting kids to take meds Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56012 posts
Apr 13th '13

How do you get your kid to take meds?



Cora is almost 5 and is now on two daily meds and I have to hold her down everytime it's time for her to take it.



She cries and tries to fight. But as soon as she gets the meds, she is happily on her way like nothing happened.



I offer the meds in a dose cup. I give her ample time to take it herself. I offer a reward for after taking it. That is all moot



I give her about 5 minutes to take it on her own before I have to hold her down and give it to her.



It cannot be mixed with food or drink. And they don't taste bad at all. She just has strong oral aversions.



What works for your kids?

Punk Rock Princess {EBFT} 3 kids; Killeen, Texas 26911 posts
Apr 13th '13

My 4 yo takes two pills a day and dry swallows them, lol.



Is it liquid?

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56012 posts
Apr 13th '13
Quoting Punk Rock Princess {EBFT}:" My 4 yo takes two pills a day and dry swallows them, lol. Is it liquid?"


yeah it's liquid. I don't think she could handle pills.

IOnlyMakeBoys (B.B.M) 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Texas 4754 posts
Apr 13th '13

mix it in a small 2 oz drink or a small portion of food they will never know I do it with my son all the time with yogurt or juice when he needs meds.

CerealMakerWife♥ TTC since Apr 2013; 5 kids; Ukraine 36287 posts
Apr 13th '13

I usually do the syringe or chewables. I'm mean and just make him do it.

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56012 posts
Apr 13th '13
Quoting ⚓ Sarah ⚓:" My 5 year old still gets the syringe sometimes...pow right in the kisser."


Yup. I have to do that too.

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56012 posts
Apr 13th '13
Quoting IOnlyMakeBoys (B.B.M):" mix it in a small 2 oz drink or a small portion of food they will never know I do it with my son all the time with yogurt or juice when he needs meds."


Read :)



It can't be mixed, as per her doctors orders.



Not to mention that every time in the past that I have tried to mix meds, she can taste it in the food/drink and won't touch it.

. , Richmond, VA, United States 75118 posts
Apr 13th '13

I just tell my LO she needs it to feel better and explain what it's for and wait till she's ready. I also have a drink ready to wash it down right after.

MomNextDoor 2 kids; Grapevine, Texas 8351 posts
Apr 13th '13

I dunno... my son loves to take medicine! :oops: Maybe try putting it in a regular, but small, cup? I know this sounds weird...... but like a shot glass, maybe? Like... buy a shot glass and decorate it. You can tell her that since she's such a big girl, she gets a big girl glass to take her medicine from. And then play it up like it's the coolest thing ever... like "Yess!! Aren't you so excited?! You get to use your big girl medicine glass now!"

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56012 posts
Apr 13th '13
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Amanda Contento Florida 2302 posts
Apr 13th '13

my daughter is 8 and has no problems. Tell her if she doesn't take it on her own then you will have to hold her down. It's so silly that she is acting like that and you have to hold her down. I wouldn't reward her after she takes it because it's her medicine. I'd put her in time-out and tell her when she gets out then she needs to take her medicine.

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56012 posts
Apr 13th '13
Quoting Asher and Haddie's Mommy:" I dunno... my son loves to take medicine! :oops: Maybe try putting it in a regular, but small, cup? I ... [snip!] ... up like it's the coolest thing ever... like "Yess!! Aren't you so excited?! You get to use your big girl medicine glass now!" "


That is an idea! Where can I find the children shot glass section? :) :)

MomNextDoor 2 kids; Grapevine, Texas 8351 posts
Apr 13th '13
Quoting Kelly&Coralie:" That is an idea! Where can I find the children shot glass section? :) :)"


Bahahaha! :D

IOnlyMakeBoys (B.B.M) 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Texas 4754 posts
Apr 13th '13
Quoting Kelly&Coralie:" Read :) It can't be mixed, as per her doctors orders. Not to mention that every time in the past that I have tried to mix meds, she can taste it in the food/drink and won't touch it."


I did I also got spit up on while doing so and over looked it lol if it can't be mixed the only logical solution would be medicine syringe or medicine cup like others have suggested.

You could make a game out of it tell her to count to three and on three have her/you put it in her mouth.

I would suggest rewards but you say it doesn't work so not sure.



Also that is just the way some kids are my mother told me horror stories of me hitting, biting and kicking her has she held me down to give me my meds at that age. I guess I would also spit them out and tell her she was mean and I hated her. Glad my kids do not have my attitude completely or I would be in trouble.

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56012 posts
Apr 13th '13
Quoting Amanda Contento:" my daughter is 8 and has no problems. Tell her if she doesn't take it on her own then you will have to ... [snip!] ... takes it because it's her medicine. I'd put her in time-out and tell her when she gets out then she needs to take her medicine."



She has sensory issues. The oral aversions that I mentioned. The only thing she ever drinks is milk. If it isn't milk, she doesn't want it near her



I've made her sit in time out until she takes it. If I have to hold her down, I do not reawrd her. She only get a small reward (a sticker for her good girl book) if she takes it without a fight.