How to get her to take meds, I have tried everything, if she has even a hint there is something in her food or drink, she throws it, dumps it

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Debbie - posted on 12/11/2012

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Hi Erika-thank you for responding. My daughter, Faith, is 8, she is severely autistic. Explaining anything is not really an option. I have tried it. Right now, the past month, I can only get her to eat things that she sees are in unopened states, like a bag of chips, a banana, something that she has control over. She does so much worse when she doesn't take her meds, I have a Dr appointment next week with a new doctor, it can be so hard to get through a day lately

Erika - posted on 12/11/2012

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How old is she? If she is old enough to understand how nasty it feels to be sick, then she is old enough to understand that taking her meds will keep that nasty feeling away. If she is really young, BRIBE HER! "Take your medicine like a good girl and we can go to the park" or get ice cream, or get a small toy from the store, or even spend some time coloring together. Once she takes the medicine without a struggle then praise her and keep your promise. She will see that it makes you happy when she takes it AND she gets something good out of it too.

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