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
Aisling

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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.

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