How can I get my four-year-old to take her antibiotics without her spitting them out. She's STRONGLY resisting.

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Sarah - posted on 10/15/2013

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would suggest a flavoring enhancer for kids medicine.my 2 year old gives me a hard time swallowing zantac syrup and gags on it everytime i wanna give it to him .it is very minty and bitter.my friend told me about this product ...Flavor+ medicine flavoring drops for baby.i found it on ebay and amazon.i tried the grape flavor and my baby stop gagging and is taking his medicine finally without too much hussle.the product has a sweetener enhancer and a bitterness suppressor and is all natural .it made my life so much less stressful

Kathryn - posted on 11/19/2008

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Thanks for responding, Semantha. Yes--it's amoxicillin and it's liquid, and I've got an oral syringe. I'm bribing with gummie bears but I guess they aren't a big enough prize!! Sticking the syringe in a gap in her teeth and squirting is essentially what I'm doing but tonight both my husband and I had to hold her down to do it, which I hated having to do. And even then she spit much of it out again. I'm not sure how I'm going to get through 9 more days of 3 times a day.

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Suzi - posted on 10/26/2013

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OK I'll make the obvious remark. If the antibiotics are available in suppository form, give them that way - and maybe that'll teach her to swallow her medicine in future!

Enna - posted on 10/17/2013

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I used to use the oral syringe, but rather than squirting it through her teeth I would put the syringe back in her mouth as far as I could and squirt it straight down her throat. You have to be careful because they can gag or choke on it.
And if you have been fighting with her about it she may be resisting just because she feels like she is controlling the situation somewhat.
I would have no problem with bribing her under the circumstances. hopefully she will be done with it soon!

Kathryn - posted on 11/20/2008

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Thanks to Terri and Jennifer. The pudding thing worked for part of a dose but I did wonder about the antibiotic/dairy mixture--seemed to me I'd heard something like that as well. I'll try the ice pop thing. I'm getting pretty desperate--the last two doses were like a scene from The Exorcist.

Katherine - posted on 11/20/2008

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I know this sounds very "touchy-feely" but I would try to explain why she needs to take the medicine. Be specific about how her body needs the medicine to fight the infection in her body. Tell her that you realize that she does not like the medicine but that her body needs it just like food and water. Do this before she needs to have another dose so that she can process the information. Also have a good tasting snack or drink that will take the aftertaste out of her mouth.



I have a four-year-old as well who has an issue with constipation. He will delay going to the bathroom because he doesn't want to stop playing with obvious results. We had a long discussion about digestion and why it is important to listen to your body when it tells you to go to the potty. I had tried everything and nothing had worked. This was my last ditch effort and IT WORKED!



Give it a shot and see if it works.

Terri - posted on 11/20/2008

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Try giving her an ice pop to numb her taste buds :) I would like to point out that antibiotics shouldn't be mixed with dairy products as they interfer with the absorbtion of the anitbiotic.

Kathryn - posted on 11/19/2008

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I was thinking that I am going to have to get more creative with my bribery. Like a sticker each time she takes it and then a prize at the end . . . You've given me some things to think about here. Thanks. :)

Semantha - posted on 11/19/2008

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It's tough when they won't cooperate!! Can you bribe her another way? Maybe so many stickers gets a trip ? Also, maybe try pinching her lips shut after dosing her? Sounds mean, but it just might get her to swallow it. Or take away her favorite toy till she takes it right? Over even having ehr fave doll "take" the meds too? Or even putting pink lemonade in another bottle and making Mom or Dad "take" meds too? I don't know what type of temperment she has, but you know your child best!!

Semantha - posted on 11/19/2008

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Are you giving them to her as a liquid? My 3.5yo has been on amoxicillin since he was a baby, but he still resists sometimes. I use an oral syringe and hold his jaw, stick the syringe in a gap in the teeth and squirt! Or sometimes I just bribe him with a cookie for after...LOL

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