With the sickness going around, your child may be taking some kind of medication. If they are not good at taking medicine it can be a challenge.
Pediatrician Dr. Kirstin Lee with St. Louis Children’s Hospital shared some tips from nurses who have tried just about every method:
- Be calm.
- Remember that you are the parent and medications are not optional.
- Don`t lie to your child by saying things like ‘you`ll like this’ if you know in fact that it tastes terrible.
- Many common medications come in multiple forms which may include liquids, chewable, dissolving tablets, capsules that can be opened and mixed into foods or swallowed whole,
- Some liquid medications can be flavored by the pharmacy to match your child`s preference
- Some capsules can be opened into peanut butter which is hard to spit out.
- Oral medication syringes are AWESOME.
- For infants and very young children use the syringe to put small amount of medications between the lower gums and cheek.
- Bribes are OK, just make sure you can follow through on them.
- Older children can be taught to swallow pills.