A Spoonful of Sugar

So following on from feedback from one of my readers, I was asked if I could help with a specific problem of giving toddlers medicine. Fun times!!

When our child is prescribed medicine, we usually show it to them and tell them that it will make them feel better, and it is just for them. In my general experience, they take it without much fuss as medicine these days is much, much sweeter then the cod liver oil of the 70’s! However, the novelty of taking medicine can wear off pretty quickly and you end up with a little toddler who absolutely refuses, point blank, to entertain the idea of co-operating. Instead, said toddler will in fact, run, hide and clamp their mouth shut (often whilst kicking..) until you feel like self-medicating with a stiff drink!! 😉

What you might want to do, is to try to prevent the medicine from becoming an issue in the first place. If you know that your toddler will inevitably react as above, then do not tell them that they need medicine. Also, it’s best to try to avoid a potential bribery situation, as this is not a great life lesson for your toddler.

So here is what I suggest – invest in a few novelty spoons, which you only use when your children are sick. When it is time to administer their medicine, stay calm, casually get the bottle, pour medicine onto a novelty spoon and then give it to them. If that doesn’t work, let them administer their own medicine – pour it into the spoon and allow them to give it to themselves. To avoid spills, put small amount into a big spoon i.e 2.5mls in 5ml spoon, and so on. Still having problems? OK, try putting the medicine into a small amount of juice or ice cream, and again allow them to feed it to themselves.

If you have tried all these and are still having no joy, make up some jelly, pour it into ice cube moulds and add prescribed amount of medicine into each mould. A small portion of jelly every four hours (or whatever prescribed time) is great ‘medicine’ for whatever ails you! Just make sure to keep the jelly away from  where little ones might grab it themselves!

Hope this helps
Thanks for reading

I love feedback, please leave any thoughts and comments below.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Isabel
    Feb 17, 2014 @ 17:38:42

    For older children, to successfully swallow a tablet, place on tongue and swiftly drink a favorite juice, milk, water, whatever through a straw. Always always works in our house.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Baby Scratchings

Tales of an itchy baby

One Yummy Mummy

Award winning Irish Parenting and Family Food blog

Hey Ali

Family, Crafts, DIY, Decor

dairy free kids

shopping, cooking and living with dairy free kids

Glitter Mama Wishes

An Irish Family & Lifesyle Blog written by a mam of 4

The Now Moment

Daily ambition is to get milk, have a clean house and an empty in-tray. Most days I get milk.

Musings and chatterings...

....of a busy mind

Simply Homemade

Food & Lifestyle Blog


How long is forever? Sometimes just one second

Office Mum

Just trying to keep my balance...

My Little Babog

Irish Parenting & Travel Blog

Dr. How's Science Wows

Science, Curiosity and Life

Learner Mama

Because Mother Nature didn't leave a manual


Observations, advice and tips on the early days and years of parenting

Green Elephant Crochet

Hand Dyed Yarn, Crochet and Things

Bumbles of Rice

Family, Food and Travel Blog

Minis and Mum

Special needs and parenting reads

The Airing Cupboard

A little place to vent

My thoughts on a page.

Living, Laughing, Loving, Loathing.


Smile! You’re at the best WordPress.com site ever

%d bloggers like this: