I am sure that once in your mom-life when your child was sick, you’ve blurted out the words “Let it be me, not him”. It doesn’t matter if it’s just a simple fever; seeing your child in pain can cause a lot of stress and worry.
This only gets worse if the child refuses to take his medicine. Here are the top reasons why your child is giving you a hard time, and what you can do:
1. The medicine tastes bad … as most of them do. There are several ways to go around this problem: a tablet can be crushed and mixed with a spoonful of sugar; have the child’s favorite juice ready to drown out the taste of medicine in suspension form; dip a spoon into thick chocolate cream and use this to cover up the taste; or if you are making your child finish a lozenge, make the tongue rest every few minutes or so, and drink water to rinse off the taste. Thankfully, most over-the-counter medicines have been improved with fruity flavors.
2. Form matters. Medicines can come in many forms. For smaller kids, doctors usually prescribe drops or syrup, but bigger kids can be trained to take capsules or tablets. Syrups with thick consistencies may be difficult for a baby to swallow. Try diluting this in water so it would go down smoothly, and eliminate wastage.
3. An unpleasant experience. Sometimes, the mere thought of drinking medicine can put your child off. A child who has been traumatized by a previous unpleasant experience drinking medicine, like gagging, would be twice likely to refuse the next time. To convince him, make him understand that it is the medicine which will cure the sickness and make him feel better. Often, a simple explanation may make the chore less of a struggle.
4. The child has an upset stomach. Talk to your doctor for alternative ways to administer medicine if the child is too ill to drink it.
Important note: Self-medication can be dangerous and sometimes fatal. It is best to talk to a medical professional for any questions about your child’s health.