We have “that one” child that, no matter what, refuses to take medicine without a struggle. Every time. Always has. We have be a bit “Mary Poppins” on her and get creative when it comes to helping the medicine go down… in the most delightful way. Fortunately, we have learned a thing or two along the way. For example, FLAVORx.
Help the Medicine Go Down
There are tips and tricks to help the medicine go down that will, obviously, vary from child to child. But I am sure there will be one that you can find to work for you. It doesn’t always have to be a challenging experience, it simply takes a little trial and error sometimes. Hopefully these tips can help:
Flavor the Prescriptions
The daughter we struggle most with is allergic to Penicillin. Her “alternative” antibiotic is not very tasty. The pharmacist has suggested FLAVORx, a comprehensive flavoring system, to help with the flavor. FLAVORx is in 45,000 pharmacies (which includes all major pharmacies such as Walgreens, CVS, Wal-Mart, Target, Costco) and each of the flavors are sugar-free, gluten-free and casein-free. Keep in mind, the flavors do not affect the medicine in any way or change the medications shelf-life. Side note: customers will pay $2.99 for FLAVORx at most pharmacies, but at Walmart it is only $1.88.
Unfortunately, kids don’t have the option to not take the medicine, but we can give them options. Do they want to take a bath first and then medicine? Do they want juice or water to wash it down afterwards? Simply giving them a bit of control in the situation helps. By the way, kids can pick their FLAVORx with FlavorBot, and hopefully, lessen the struggle. Every little bit helps.
Take a Break
This is helpful for both you and the child. Stop trying to get the medicine down. Take a deep breath. Offer your child a drink. Regroup. One big hug or reassurance that the medicine will making them feel better can calm the situation. Patience is definitely a virtue needed at times like these.
Shoot for the Side
It often helps to simply bypass the tastebuds as much as possible. Using a medicine dropper or syringe, shoot for the side of the mouth. By introducing the medicine at the back of the mouth, there is less to taste before having to swallow.
Again, find what works best for you and your family. As the children grow, it should get easier as they understand more about why they need the medicine. Until then, try these tips and tricks… and don’t forget to flavor those prescription medicines with FLAVORx.
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