Anyone have any advice on how to get a two-year old to take really horrible-tasting medicine? My daughter is on her 5th ear infection of the season, and her doctor has prescribed medicine that is disgusting and bitter underneath the sweet kids' medicine taste. We had to hold her down last night to get her to take it, and she spit much of it out. I am at my wit's end.

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Sarah - posted on 10/15/2013

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would suggest a flavoring enhancer for kids medicine.my 2 year old gives me a hard time swallowing zantac syrup and gags on it everytime i wanna give it to him .it is very minty and bitter.my friend told me about this product ...Flavor+ medicine flavoring drops for baby.i found it on ebay and amazon.i tried the grape flavor and my baby stop gagging and is taking his medicine finally without too much hussle.the product has a sweetener enhancer and a bitterness suppressor and is all natural .it made my life so much less stressful

Raidee - posted on 01/22/2009

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Try putting the medicine in chocolate pudding. It worked for my almost-two year old... Make sure it's enough pudding to really dilute the flavor, but not too much that she won't eat all of it.

Annie - posted on 01/21/2009

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Thanks, everyone. These sound like promising ideas, and I'll try them. Tried getting her to eat it hidden in ice cream tonight, and the taste overwhelmed the ice cream, too, so I wound up force-feeding again. Happily, she was in a good mood again three minutes later, and I don't think I've permanently ruined ice cream for her....

Felicia - posted on 01/21/2009

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Hi Annie, 



Just to let you know this is my first time ever responding to anything on Circle of Moms :) So here goes... My friend who's 20mnth old son who is unfortunately  currently @ UCLA with Leukemia and has to take horrible tasting medicine. What she does is buys apple juice concentrate scoops off the top where the syrup and sugar is then puts the medicine behind it. The reason why this works is because the tip of your tongue is where you taste sweet and the back of your tongue is where the bitter senses are. Hopes this helps-F

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2009

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I mix my daughters med. up in a sippy cup with a little of her favorite juice... we sit and watch a movie or show til she is all done with the cup so I know she has taken all of it.

Michelle - posted on 01/21/2009

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I've worked in a dispensary and the pharmacy would usually recommend mixing the med with some chocolate pudding or applesauce as long as you make sure that she takes all of it.(maybe mix in a small portion then give her the rest to eat if she wants it). My son had pneumonia and was on 3 different types of antibiotics last winter and we started off good with the yummy banana stuff but the last 2 where really gross and like you said would leave this really bitter metalic taste in your mouth. The applesauce worked awesome on him and it didn't change the stability of the meds either. I think chocolate pudding is even better to disguise the taste since it's got a thicker consistency. Good luck, it sucks when they are sick and it's so hard to get them to take anything! Hope you find something that works.

Shannon - posted on 01/21/2009

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Quoting Annie:

Anyone have any advice on how to get a two-year old to take really horrible-tasting medicine? My daughter is on her 5th ear infection of the season, and her doctor has prescribed medicine that is disgusting and bitter underneath the sweet kids' medicine taste. We had to hold her down last night to get her to take it, and she spit much of it out. I am at my wit's end.





Hi Annie:



I have had to "trick" my two year old before to take medicine.  I used coke or juice and put some in the medicine cup with the medicine and gave him a straw.  When he was still using a bottle (which was for quite a long time) I would sometimes put the medicine in his bottle.  You just have to make sure it is a small drink so that they are more likely to drink all of it.  If your daughter has a drink that is more like a treat, maybe chocolate milk or something, you can put the medicine in a cup, then let her see you put the "Treat" in the cup and give it to her to drink.  She thinks she is getting a treat and you know she is getting her medicine.  I can't guarantee it will work, but it is worth a shot anyway.  I hope she gets to feeling better soon.

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