please help me my 6 month old won't take medicine!

Kristi - posted on 02/27/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I need some help...my almost 6 month old needs to take a couple medicines since he has a really bad cold/cough and ear infection but it's horrible to get it into him. I've tried everything...he spits it all (mostly) out, he screams, flails around as soon as he sees the dropper and the pushes his tougue out once I get some in so it all comes back out. I've tried very small amounts every once in a while over the course of an hour, didn't work...I was so deperate I was trying to put a drop on my finger & get it in...didn't work...help!!! I breasdfeed exclusivly right now so I can't mix it...any ideas...

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Amy - posted on 02/28/2009

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My daughter, 4 months, has to take reflux meds, foul tasting stuff so when she has a bottle i use a seringe and squirt small amounts down the side of her bottle as she drinks. maybe you could try the same as you breastfeed? just a thought :)

Deborah - posted on 02/28/2009

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hi, i have to give my 6mth old epilim syrup twice a day, he hates it too.

as he is my 5th baby, i admit, im not soo gentle about it!

i put the dropper at the back of his mouth, in his cheek, way back, and just go slow, blow in his face, and go again until he has had it all. its hard on you, and frustrating i know, your only trying to help him!



i even resorted to putting the dropper in the corner of his mouth while he was feeding from me, and dropped it in slowly, trying to trick him!!!

every baby is different, and you will find a way that he will take it... eventually! good luck

Joy - posted on 02/27/2009

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Quoting Jennel:

I don't think he needs it, your breast milk should be good if you are taking care of yourself and keeping the stress low......my opinion only



No sometime breast milk isn't going to take care of everything. I breastfeed both of my children and they got ear infections all the time. The doctor told me that it had nothing to do with my milk or the way that I was feeding them that I was doing everything right. It is caused but the sucking of milk, water, juice ,ect.. Sometime it just happens and both of my children had it my son worse then my daughter. Untill I put him on a sippy cup he had ear infection every other month almost. I thought he was going to have to have tubes put in but my doctor told me that it is normal for children to get ear infection. Don't mean to offend anyone but that is what I went throught and my daughter only had three ear infections. So all children are different and you can't say that breast milk is all they should need. It is still the best for babies but not all they need.

Jennel - posted on 02/27/2009

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I don't think he needs it, your breast milk should be good if you are taking care of yourself and keeping the stress low......my opinion only

Kristi - posted on 02/27/2009

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hmmm...thanks, I'll try the blowing thing next...we are using a dropper and trying to get it far back to the side of his cheek as we did with my older son when he was small but he seems to have a way to get a lot (I think most) of it out.

Joy - posted on 02/27/2009

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I have found that after getting it into the mouth with the dropper like Lisa said is blow in his face. That will get him to swallow. It's a little trick I picked up. It startles them and they will swallow and cry. Good luck hope this helps.

Lisa - posted on 02/27/2009

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you have to get it far enough back in his cheek so he can't spit it out...use a medicine dropper

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