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Your kid hates taking medicine? Never fear: a pediatrician offers her top tips.

Kid taking medicine

Dr. Alanna Levine:When a child is sick and feeling awful, the last thing a parent wants to do is fight about taking medicine. But what if you have a child who just flat-out refuses to swallow it? Or promptly vomits afterward? For nonessential medicines, it's not worth the fight. But for medicines like antibiotics -- which require a full course of medication -- parents need an action plan.

Tips for helping the medicine go down:

Try to reason your child out of the moment.Explain the importance of taking the medication and develop a strategy before the medicine is due. Bring your child into the discussion so she will feel powerful, like she has a say. Come up with a solution together (a spoonful of chocolate syrup or ice cream afterward, for example).

Find a flavor she likes and have the pharmacy flavor it before you bring it home.If it doesn't have a strong flavor, dilute it in a favorite drink.

Ask for a chewable or melt-away option (if available).

For younger children, acetaminophen (both a fever reducer and pain reliever) comes in rectal-suppository form. (It can be hard for some parents to do the rectal thing the first time, but it gets easier ....)

Some children do better with a dosing syringe than they do with a cup or spoon.

Teach older children how to swallow pills. I suggest practicing with orange Tic Tacs or the old-fashioned sugar dots that you peel off of the paper; they don't taste bad if they're not swallowed on the first attempt.

Talk to your pediatrician about your struggle.Sometimes there's an injection option with medicines for serious infections.

Above all, be strong.You are the parent, and medicine is a necessity -- not a choice. You have to show your children thatyou are in charge.(And remember: To ensure correct dosage, always use a proper dosing utensil -- not a kitchen spoon.)

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6 comments so far | Post a comment now
Aleena October 30, 2010, 10:08 AM

So why do they make the stuff taste so bad sometimes??
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Respiratory Therapist November 15, 2010, 4:10 PM

Couldnt agree more with that, very attractive article

download free pinball games December 3, 2010, 1:20 PM

great stuff, I’ll must occur back again when I am not so tired. Just bookmarked it, take it simple!

ost  January 29, 2011, 3:00 AM

+1 ))

Mignolet February 25, 2011, 10:45 PM

I suggest practicing with orange Tic Tacs or the old-fashioned sugar dots that you peel off of the paper; they don’t taste bad if they’re not swallowed on the first attempt.

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