My son refuses to take his medication. I have tried with the bottle, syringe, and the spoon. He is a year and a half. He either spits it out or throws up. Are there any ways where I can give it without him spitting it out or throwing up?

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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

Jen - posted on 10/12/2013

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I just discovered this technique and I hope it helps another mom out there who has tried everything and nearly given up hope. Take a bendy straw and fill it part way with apple sauce or whatever sauce ur kid likes. I do this by inserting it into one of those bags of berry squeezes and gently sucking some into the straw like a syphon. Then I hold my finger over the bottom of the straw and pour his medication into the top by the bendy part of the straw. Then I give him the short end and I gently blow it into his mouth from the other end. The medication goes in first and gets pushed to the back of his mouth and all he tastes is the berry sauce at the bottom. We haven't had a single fit from him since trying this method. Although it might seem less clean than a syringe, its the only consistently successful way he will take all of his medication in one swallow. It's changed our lives and I hope it works for someone else out there who is as desperate as I was before trying this technique.

Ashley - posted on 01/04/2009

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Oh boy do I know what your going through! My middle daughter is now 6 but 1 year ago, she had a really bad accident and went through 6 surgeries...she ended up having to have a finger amputated. We were on lots of different medications for quit awhile. There was one certain kind that she just refused to take. I tried everything from pop to chocolate milk and then I tried cinnamon applesauce...it worked great! At first I put it with quite a bit of applesauce, then started to do just enough to drown out the taste of the nasty stuff. I agree with some of the other people that putting it with drinks the child won't get the full dosage.

Angi - posted on 01/04/2009

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I would water it down and then race her with one of my own (just water) to finish it first or bet her that she could not do it because she was too little to do so and she wanted to be the big girl.

Misty - posted on 01/04/2009

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You may have to try mixing it in different liquids to mask the taste. Some medicatios can have flavoring added to them to make them taste better. Is there a particular lavor he likes? My oldest used to drink nothing but strawberry milk for the longest time. The doctor would go through his list to try to find a medication that ws closest in taste so that when mixed with the strawberry milk, he wouldn't know the difference. In my opinion, he'll eventually out grow this. My oldest did, he is now 7, though it did take a number of years!

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Carol - posted on 01/05/2009

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Thanks guys for the advise! I have tried sticking the syring in the cheek area but he kept the med in his mouth. hehe!

Gay - posted on 01/04/2009

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Go ahead and give the medicine with a syringe and then immediately blow in their face as soon as it is in their mouth. If you blow they will swallow. I know it sounds weird and cruel but it was the only thing that worked for number 2..

Barbara - posted on 01/04/2009

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you might try mixing it in a little peanut butter. I used to set up a tea party for my daughters with them and the teddy bears. We would have crackers with peanut butter on them. I would give them one cracker at a time and the first one alway had the medicine. It worked like a charm every time.

Brenda - posted on 01/04/2009

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My son had to take Zantac syrup (which tastes awful) for 2 years for reflux. The only thing that helped was adding a tsp of maple syrup to the syringe. It actually covered the strong flavor enough that he never minded taking it after that. I think since he's got the negative association already you'll have to find a new way to present it to him. Maybe try a dosage cup instead and use a different approach so he doesn't automatically run away screaming.

Stephanie - posted on 01/04/2009

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I agree with the above ideas one thing about the pop and juice though I would ask your pharmacist first to see if mixing it with acidic drinks won't make the med ineffective...milk is usually a good alternative because it's not acidic. Another thing thouhg, if you really can't get them to take it is that some meds are available in suppository form...you can find out if that's the case although it can sometimes be harder to pin them down to put in a suppository than to get them to drink the meds orally! lol!

Lisa - posted on 01/04/2009

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My youngest was the same so the doctors showed us how to put her head right back and hold her nose, this way the eventually have to swallow..... sounds mean but it works, good luck

Mary - posted on 01/04/2009

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My sons were both the same way. For the older one, it would take two of us to hold him down and put the syringe way back on the inside of his cheek. For my younger son, we would mix it in with applesauce. I feel your frustration. I hope this helps.

Lindsay - posted on 01/04/2009

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try sittin him in a chair where he feels all grown up n then give him his medicine on the spoon n let him try doin it it worked for all 3 of my girls hope this helps xxx

Kim - posted on 01/04/2009

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Try using a straw in the medicine spoon. I do this when it something that they don't like, it gives them a little bit of control over the situation. Also have something that he likes to drink near by so he can quickly get a sip after taking the medicine!

Jessica - posted on 01/04/2009

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If your child will still take a bottle from you, you could try this: http://reliadose.com/ . It is a bottle with a syringe in it. You can put juice and while he is drinking you dispense the meds a little at a time. I bought mine at Publix, but most drug stores or pharmacies will have it. Hope that helps!

Dawn - posted on 01/04/2009

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My son is taking med for life, i gives him pills on the applesauce. and allow him to allow.. U can ask your doctor to see if can change to pills since ur kid cant take liquid. It does help a lot. My son is now 5 and he shallow pills without anything help. :)

Marianna - posted on 01/04/2009

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I had this problem with my twins and I have a great trick that works for us until today! Make the child close his eyes and sneak it in a spoon of applesauce or yoghurt. I promised my daughters they would not be able to tell which spoon the medicine was in. They were to tell me which spoon number the medicine would be in. Their eyes had to remain closed. You have to be prepared and be quick. Never put it in the first scoop, and make sure you continue to give them a scoop or two past the one with the medication in it. My girls are 12 now and they will not take a pill without putting it in a scoop of applesauce or yoghurt by themselves now! They have never been able to take medicine on its own or with water etc. For some reason, it masks the taste or makes the kids focus of something else. Good luck! (The twins are the last of 4 kids for me.)



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Maxine - posted on 01/04/2009

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i agree with Tori get it as far back in his mouth and he'll take it a lot easier i had to do it that way with my daughter and tylenol or you could have your pharmacy flavor it i think its walgreens that does that for like 2 bucks i think and if hes got a favorite flavor he may take it even better for ya but good luck

Elizabeth - posted on 01/04/2009

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When We had to go to the emergency room the nurse was out of apple sauce and gave our son an anti inflammatory med with grape jelly, He loved it!

Catherine - posted on 01/04/2009

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Also. if he is throwing up, you may want to consider that he is allergic to the medicine. You can always call the doctor for an alternative, hopefully

Jackie - posted on 01/04/2009

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Another thing you can do is ask your pharmaist when ever you have a new medication about the taste and if you can mix it with anything. My son had a terrible antibotic that even adults have a hard time keeping down and the pharamist told me to buy chocolate milk syrup and mix it straight with the meds. It did the trick for that one. And yes I did try a little taste of it... I think Gin would be easier to swallow!

Catherine - posted on 01/04/2009

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You could try mixing it into a desert, like pudding or into applesauce.

Amber - posted on 01/04/2009

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I agree..try the soda thing...my kids never get it either, so they think its a treat and drink it down without realizing its medicine....if its thicker medicine like antibiotics then use chocolate milk....

Shawnna - posted on 01/04/2009

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I agree with the people that suggest putting it in a drink. However, you probably only want to give him an ounce or two so that he drinks it all. If he doesn't finish a larger amount, you won't have any idea how much medication he actually got. HTH! Hugs to the little one.

Karen - posted on 01/04/2009

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My little girl developed a big aversion to medicine, as well. Some medicine you can put in applesauce. You might call the pharmacist and see what it can be mixed with. Also, did you get it flavored? This may help. Emily had to take lots of medicine as a baby and toddler because of constant ear infections. She fought it terribly after a while. It also helps if you kind of blow gently in their face when you put the medicine in their mouth. It kind of forces them to swallow. Make sure you put it in the side of their cheek, too. Good luck to you! Emily just turned six and now takes her medicine like a champ.

Tori - posted on 01/04/2009

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I had to do this with my second child. He was very picky and did not like to have the medicine. You may try sticking the syringe down the side of his cheek. Get it pretty far back so he cannot dislodge it easily. He won't be able to spit it out that far back. It's a bit harsh, but you sounded desperate.

Carol - posted on 01/04/2009

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He wont listen when I try to talk to him. The minute he sees the syringe or spoon with the meds, he starts flipping out. I have to hold him down to try to have him take some while he spits out the rest. When i poured it in juice, he was still able to taste the difference, and threw up.

Penny - posted on 01/04/2009

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the best thing to do is pour him a bottle of juice and put the meds in there...he wont know the difference....good luck

Cassie - posted on 01/04/2009

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I have given my 2 1/2 year old medicine from a medicine cup. I told him that's how big boys take medicine. He will even take the gross tasting stuff like this. I don't recommend it for thick suspensions, as the child won't get the proper dosage, but for over-the-counter meds, it works. He has been taking medicine like this for almost a year with no problem.

Dawn - posted on 01/04/2009

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I put my sons medication in a syringe and let him do it himself with assistance from me, he is now 2 and has been doing this for about a year. Of course I do not let him have full controll of the syringe but he loves being a big boy and taking his meds himself.

Amanda - posted on 01/04/2009

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Once I just put a bunch of sugar in the syringe with the medication. I figured if it was good enough for Mary Poppins I could try it! It worked.
(Mine would make himself throw up too.) It got so bad that I was happy I got any in him at all

Jackie - posted on 01/04/2009

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I'm not big on bribing kids but this is one of those solutions. Offer him a treat for after he takes it properly. Explain that he needs the medicine and if he takes it like a big boy you will give him a sucker or popcicle. If he doesn't take it nicely then you don't give him the treat and explain to him why he didn't get it. Also have the treat in your hand ready to go. I don't recommend "hiding" the meds. You will get caught and he will only be mad and more willing to fight you. Also mixing meds in with drinks isn't recommended since if they don't finish the drink they don't get the full dose intented. If its an over the counter medicine I HIGHLY recommend buying it in a strip form if you can. My son has chronic ear infections and hated ALL meds. It took a bit, but now the most he does is whines a bit. I remind him how important it is to take the meds and he takes it with pride.

Amanda - posted on 01/04/2009

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Have you tried mixing it in a drink? My son also hated taking medication, I would mix it in a couple of sips of pop (something my children never get), he would drink it right down. Now he is 9 and takes any medication without any hassle or pop.

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