Can’t get your kid to take medicines? Here are 8 clever ways.

Most parents can tell you that convince a young child to take medicine can be a tough sell.  Some children are very adamant when it comes to taking medicines. The adamancy usually increases with the intensity of the illness. Shouting and fighting will make things worst. With some patience and thought, you can easily tackle your child to have medicines. Here are few smart techniques by which you can make your child take the medicines without throwing tantrums.

1. Be honest: 

Never trick the child into taking the medicine. If your child is old enough to be aware of, make clear why he or she needs to take the medicine. Tell them medicines helps to recover fast and that they can start playing with friends again.

2. Explain:

Explain to the child how the medicines work. You can tell them in simple sentences as a story that the medicines get into the body and fight with small germs that get into the body and make him ill. Tell him the medicines are warriors that will fight the illness. Explaining and preparing them in advance helps with easy intake of medicines.

3. Give a choice for the child:

If the child believes she or she is the captain of the ship, they will take medicine on their own will. Give them options and let them select. You can let them decide

  • When to take medicine, that is, before changing dress or after changing dress?
  • Where to take medicine, that is, in the dining room, bedroom, kitchen, or veranda?
  • How to take medicine, in a measuring cup or spoon?
  • Who should give him the medicine, papa or mom?

Power to take these decisions is definitely a motivation for the child to have medicine.

4. Ask the doctor for an alternate form:

You can always ask the doctor if chewable or syrup form of the medicine he prescribed is available. Some children prefer it over powdered or capsule form.

5. Trick the tongue:

Make the child lick the ice. It will numb the taste buds for a short while and utilize this time for taking in medicine.

6. Reward the child:

Children welcome rewards. The starring system in the class can try at home for medicine intake. Count the number of stars equal to the number of dosage of medicine. Stick one star to the board  ( you can even ask the kid to stick it) each time he or she completes one dose happily. Tell him when all the star is stuck to the board, he will get a reward. If the medicine is for more than two days you can even offer a daily reward, so that the child will be more enthusiastic to take medicines in following days.

7. If possible mix child's medicine with food or drink:

It's a very smart idea to mask a medicine's taste by blending it with syrup of the child's choice, like, chocolate syrup, pancake syrup, or even honey and yogurt. Rather than blending, you can take the prescribed medicine with a spoon, (if it is a capsule it is a good idea to powder it) and cover it with the masking syrups or yogurt. This way, your little one tastes his favorite topping instead of the chalky medicine. 

However, here you have to take care of some points.

  • Though some medicines can be blended with anything, some cannot be given with food or mixed with certain food. Therefore, ask your doctor if there are any restrictions regarding the medicine he prescribed.
  • Mix it with minimal food or drink. The child should take entire medicine for the desired result. Mixing the medicines with large quantity, for example, a glass of drink means you have to make sure the child drinks the entire glass, which is not practical with a sick child.

8. Positive approach:

Some course of medicines you have to give counting hours. Surely the medicine time overlaps your sleeping hours. If you exhibit irritation or impatience, just imagine how the little one feels. Never show your irritation or impatience before the child while giving medicine. Stay positive with a happy face.

Can I repeat the medicine if my child vomits it soon after she swallows it?

If your kid swallows the medicine and then vomit it out soon, you should call your child's doctor first before repeating. Some medicines can be repeated and should repeat to get some relief from the annoying symptoms of the illness. On the other hand, repeating some type of medicines can be dangerous for the child as it poses a risk of overdose.

Important factors to note:

  • The body will not absorb medicine promptly when it is paired with solid food or milk. But if there is no other option the child will take medicine, then you can follow this method.
  • Verify with your pharmacist if it is okay to crush the prescribed tablet. Some medicines brings about gastric issues if the protective coating is gone
  • Never freeze the medicine or warm it up to make it more pleasant. Temperature variation alters the chemical structure of the medicine and thereby its efficiency.
  • Never describe the medicine as candy. The wrong idea may urge the child to take it when you are not near. Always let the child know that you are giving him medicine, not a treat. And store all medications out of sight and reach of the child
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