How can I get my 2 yr old to take medicine w/out a fight?

Raquel - posted on 04/29/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 2 yr old used to take medicine with no problem, he liked it. Now that Dr advised him to take allergy medicine daily he puts up a fight and spits it out,help!

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Pam - posted on 04/29/2010

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My strong-willed daughter is almost 15. When she was a toddler, what worked for me was to give her a choice. "You need to take this medicine. I can give it to you, or you can take it yourself." She always chose to take it herself (with a medicine spoon like you can get at the drugstore) because it kept her in control.

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I hate to say it but we took the allergist advice and called it medicandy. We mixed the pill in with her gummy snacks and before long she started to take it without being told that it's medicandy. The doctor called it medicandy to make sure there was a definate difference between candy and the pill.....we still use it this day with her and now my SIL uses it with my nephew when he has to take medicine. If it's liquid we say yummy liquid medicandy.

Kelly - posted on 04/29/2010

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I would use a syringe and place it in the back of the mouth towards the cheek on one side. Tell the child why it is important they take the med (such as - it will make the ouchies go away)...be consistent everytime. Don't switch the way you give the meds or the child will be confused. Also, don't let him have a small taste first or you will never get the meds down. Also, some will advise to place in food or juice depending on the types of meds (do so with caution). I like the advice of having the child help with the syringe and the ice pops made with the meds (if possible). Good Luck!

Joanna - posted on 04/29/2010

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If I try to force my 2 1/2 year old girl to take medicine, she refuses and throws a huge fit, turns red from crying. But if I give it to her in a syringe, and make a big fuss about her being a big girl and taking her medicine, she has no problems.

If it's a prescription, see if they can add in a flavor... most pharmacies have free flavors for liquid medicine.

Clare - posted on 04/29/2010

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have you tried giving it from a syringe??? my kiddies will take meds from a syringe much better than a spoon ... coz its different looking and my 3 year old can help push the plunger.... hope this helps x

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Raquel - posted on 04/29/2010

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thanks for all the advice, I will try the medicine ice cube pops and go from there! Appreciate it all.

Sharon - posted on 04/29/2010

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I gave mine the option, swallow this or I put this in your butt. he decided he wasn't going to swallow his meds so me & the hubby wrestled him down and he got the suppository.

After that he swallowed his meds with no issue. AFTER THAT his brother & sister just followed his lead. he swallowed, made a face, but still he swallowed his medicine and so did they.

Marcy - posted on 04/29/2010

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Is it liquid? If so mix the daily dose with some fruit juice and make small ice cube pops out of it.

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