As parents, we do everything in our power to keep our little
ones from getting sick. However, there comes a day when some illness slips past
your parental super powers and now you have to give your child medicine to make
it go away.
When a child is prescribed medicine, it is important that they get the correct dosage at the correct times for it to work properly. Any parent will agree that succeeding with this task is deserving of an award. Toddlers are finicky, so chances are they will spit out the medicine, and that’s if you can even get it into theirs mouths.
All you want is for them to feel better. All they want is to
feel better. So how can you get them to take their medicine without the fuss?
= Talk positive about medicine time. Toddlers can pick up on negative tone and body language, so if you don’t seem happy about medicine time, neither will they.
= Try using a syringe or dropper to give doses of liquid medicine. Empty the syringe along the check to avoid the taste buds on the tongue. This will limit the chances that your toddler will spit out the medicine because of taste.
= You can even have your pharmacist disguise the taste of medicine with other fruity or candy flavors.
= Give your toddler some control. Ask if he wants to take his medicine before or after bath time. Or what flavor he wants. Your toddler is less likely to fight the medicine because it feels like they made the decision.
= Be honest. Don’t tell them medicine is something it’s not. Explain to them that it is going to make them feel better or make the pain go away.
Enlist in your doctor’s help and professional advice. If none of the tips work for your and your child, visit Dr. Rezk at Rainbow Pediatrics to explore other options for your toddler. Call us at (850) 257-5524 to schedule your appointment.