Getting medicine in the baby...

Mary - posted on 12/26/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Baby spits all the antibiotic out Immediately. She knows if juice or milk has it in it. How am I going to do this twice a day for ten days!

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Kerry - posted on 01/22/2010

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I would never ever tell my child that medicine is candy - when they're older they will go looking in the medicine cupboard and could get poisoned!!



I use an oral syringe to give medicine, and when Dan was tiny used to pull a funny face and blow on him - it startled him enough to let the meds go down. xxx

Jo - posted on 01/20/2010

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I have experienced this so many times and it can be hell if your little one is really poorly. Here are a few things I have tried with (occasional) success.
- get a really narrow syringe from the pharmacy and put into cheek, not onto tongue so they can't taste it.
- blow in their face, it often makes them swallow
- mix with something more solid so it can't be spat out as easily. I used nutella successfully but had to brush teeth about 4 times a day too.
- get doctor to prescribe an alternative. this worked last time as the flavour was more bearable
- ask if there is a suppository version of the medication. last time my daughter had tonsillitis, she got paracetomol suppositories cos even the hospital staff couldn't get any into her.
- sometimes, they can make up a more concentrated version of antibiotic so you only need to get a much smaller dose in.
Good luck. I feel for you as I have just been through this and it is exhausting.

Susan - posted on 01/12/2010

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Some pharmacies will add flavoring to it. Some have as many as 23 different flavors to choose from, so ask! Other than that, sorry I'm no help, for some reason my son just loves medicine, any kind....maybe its the flavors.

Amanda - posted on 01/11/2010

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I mix my sons with chocolate or strawberry syrup than add it to milk. for pink i use strawberry so he dosent notice the color is off....if you are sly enough and let her see you add the premixed med/syrup combo to her milk she will just think it is part of the flavoring. Kids, even this young are smart enough to know your adding meds if they see you but still little enough to be tricked if you show her you are simply adding hershys syrup to her milk to make it tast better.

Courtney - posted on 12/28/2009

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From the start I've always called medicine candy. Even if it tastes bad, and you can tell by the face she makes, she still eats it because she thinks it's candy. That probably wont help you right now, but maybe in the long run it could work. Good luck, and I hope she feels better soon!! There's nothing worse than a sick baby!

Mary - posted on 12/28/2009

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Thanks, no it is pretty much what i am doing now. I tried to give it to her in the bathtub last night. Less of a mess but it was hard not to have her bang her head around.

Felicia - posted on 12/28/2009

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Ok, this may sound bad... my son had the same problem with his antibiotic, because they taste weird. I literally had to lay him down, and kinda make a half fishy face with his mouth, then pour all of it in. If you are good, you can push what they spit out back in. It seems like torture at the time, but just tell yourself that you are trying to make them better. Thank God that now my son will take medicine, because he knows he's getting it regardless, it's just a LOT easier if he takes it on his own. Does that sound too bad? lol

Arminda - posted on 12/27/2009

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If you're using drops, insert it at the side of the baby's mouth... this way, not all will be spilled. if you can, under the tongue is also good... then try to tilt the baby slightly in a lying position. hope this helps!

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