Winning at giving medicine to babies & toddlers

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I had one of those “winning at parenting” moments when I finally figured out how to get our then baby to take medicine by cutting a hole in her Soothie pacifier. I’m sure someone will sell/market a product for this if they haven’t already, but seriously, just cut a hole in a pacifier that you already have.  It’s not rocket science and you’ll only use it for a couple months anyway.

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That lasted for a while; basically before they were weaned.  It didn’t work every time, but most of the time it at least reduced our frustration.

We just had to go through a course of medicine with Cora, now 18 months.  I had been able to talk her into taking the occasional Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen, but a dose twice a day for an extended time just wasn’t happening.  I was struggling with Cora, trying to get her to cooperate, while Chloe, now 2.5 years old, bounced up and down begging for medicine.  Then, the light bulb went on.

I got another syringe and filled it with the first thing I could grab in the refrigerator that would could even remotely resemble medicine.  It was one of Jason’s yogurt smoothies.  I handed it to Chloe who gladly took it and polished off the decoy medicine immediately.  Cora, who had watched the entire thing, was then begging for her medicine.  WIN.

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This continued for the course of the medicine.  When we didn’t have any of the yogurt smoothies handy, I used full-strength apple juice (“apple juice” at our house is water with a splash of juice, basically juice-flavored water), regular yogurt, watermelon juice that had gathered at the bottom of a container of cut watermelon — whatever.  It didn’t matter what it was, it was a treat for the non-sick child and motivation for the sibling.

They now occasionally ask for medicine.  I say “sure” and whip up a syringe of decoy as a treat.  I imagine this will work with medicine cups as well, although only Chloe has used one thus far.  They both now willingly take medicine at will — for the moment.

 

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    July 26, 2016 at 10:48 am

    […] Tip for giving a baby and toddler medicine.  I had to give Easton Tylenol for the first time last week and it ended up all over him.  I wish I would have seen this tip sooner. […]

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