How do I get my 5 yr old to take medicine?

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My 5 year old son will NOT take medicine for the life of him! Does anyone have this same problem? I hate having to take him to the hospital to get shots just because he refuses to take medicine of any kind. What should I do??? Does anyone have any good advice or tips? Thanks!

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Jane - posted on 09/20/2009

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when our 2 yr old had to have amoxicillian it was not easy - we tried everything and i just had to hold her mouth while she tried to spit it back at me. five days of fun! i finally started putting it in orange juice or the fruit smoothie juices they sell in the produce aisle. also, ask the pharmacist if you can have some medicine syringes, that might be easier to shoot down the side of his cheek. the 2nd time our daughter needed amoxicillian, we negotiated w/cookies. maybe you can negotiate w/a toy he wants.

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