How to Administer Bad Tasting Medicine to a Resistant Child

Is your child refusing to take his medication? Is your child gagging when given his medicine? Is your child medication too bitter? Is your child having difficulty swallowing his antibiotics? Rather than grimace every time you have to medicate yourself, or engage in a battle of wills with your child who hates the taste of medications, you can make it taste better.


That can be a very frustrating and quite challenging experience. Here are a couple tricks to help you through.

Steps

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    Explain to your child the reason for the medicine. Tell him the medicine will make him feel better, and he needs to take it if he wishes to get well.
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    Disguise the taste of bad tasting medicine. It's probably the oldest trick in the book, but still one of the most effective. Chill the bottle of medicine before you dispense it. Sometimes a change in temperature is just what is needed to subdue the bitterness and make it more palatable for your little one.
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    Add flavor to liquid medications.There are several flavoring products on the market. It is well worth the money if it saves the fight. There are many kid-friendly flavors, such as cherry and bubble gum. Select the flavor your child likes. Mix it in, shake it very well, and then wait 5 minutes, or according to the package directions. The bitterness suppressor and sweetener enhancer should mask the bitter taste of the medicine and sweeten the chalky taste of the antibiotic.The problem is very common in kids with Zantac liquid Syrup or Augmentin suspensions Your child should be able to be able to swallow his meds without any further hassle!
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    Administer it to your child or yourself. Place the spoon or the opening of the syringe on the inside of the person's cheek and release a little bit of the medication at a time. Swallow and repeat. There are no taste buds on the cheeks, so the unpleasant taste will be diminished.
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    Teach your child to swallow pills, if he or she is old enough. Then, be sure to let the pediatrician know that your child could take pills if they are available.

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Categories: Baby Feeding and Nutrition | Taking Pills and Medicine