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Anybody have any tips on giving a three and a half year old medicine? katie has a bit of a cold today. She's not running a fever, but says her throat hurts. I tried to give her some kids' ibuprofen, but she won't take it.

Any ideas?



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Jul. 6th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
You could always offer alternatives to ibuprofen, I suppose - hot buttered toast, say, or ice cream. Or, you could use the ice cream as a bribe to get her to take the ibuprofen, if you really think she has to have it.

Although, if she doesn't have a fever, the toast may be fully sufficient.
Jul. 6th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
Non-medicinal remedies for a sore throat
... include hot lemon & honey, any hard candy, steam.

You should be able to get her to suck on a losenge.
Jul. 6th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
Sad to day, but my kids are pretty good about taking liquid meds from a dosing cup or a syringe (they actually have been known to argue over who gets the medicine!)

There are chewables for both ibuprofen and for acetominophen; she might be more willing to take that form.

Or popcicles might make the throat feel a bit better (I keep the Pedialyte freezer pops on hand for this - less sugar, and if they take 'em, I know they _really_ want something, 'cause the flavor isn't the greatest)
Jul. 6th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
The easiest thing I found for giving G. medicine when he was 3ish were the meltable strips. I know they make some cold meds like that.

Unfortunately for a long time we had to force him to take liquid medicine. Pills are still a problem, but he's better about taking chewables now at least. I had to get a forehead thermometer because even now there is NO WAY to get him to hold one in his mouth.
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
the strips do work well, and all you really have to do is get it on her tongue, they dissolve like, instantly.

The chew tabs are more popular now, as the kids are older, but they never seemed to mind the liquid drops, which can be hidden in juice, etc.

Experiment with form vs. taste, and see what her real objection is.

Jul. 6th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
We never had that problem. Of course since The Kid was already 5 when we got custody, we didn't have some of the younger kid problems.

Instead we had the opposite problem. One day he was asking for "Tono for no," which was finally parsed to be "Tylenol for nose." His biological mother had been giving him Tylenol instead of teaching him to blow his nose. Alas, more than 8 years later, we've only partially fixed the problem.
Jul. 6th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
If it's in pill form, you can powder it by mashing it between 2 spoons. Once powdered, you can hide it in a favorite food like applesauce or ice cream.
Jul. 7th, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
I remember my mom doing "chewable children's aspirin" that way.

Non-"chewable" pills, though, tend to have rather strong tastes.
Jul. 6th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
two ways...
The sort of mean way... a syringe, squirted into the side of the mouth while she is somewhat reclined will cause her to reflexively swallow to avoid choking on it. Only recommended for a scary-high fever you need to get down - otherwise, it's not worth the battle or the trauma.

Not so mean - tell her it tastes like candy. The kids stuff really does taste sweet like candy, so you won't be lying. If you can be sure she'll eat/drink it all, mix it with some applesauce or juice.
Jul. 6th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
Anything like this gives rise to a debate in the child's mind: A) What happens if I do; and B) What happens if I don't? The child has to find out those things, sadly enough. The solution as a parent is to have the answer to A) be "Something the child wants to happen", while the answer to B) is "Something the child really, truly does NOT want to happen."

IIRC, this meant strapping said child into the high chair, in the middle of the kitchen with nothing fun within reach, and the TV, etc., off, and waiting. He could A) Take the medicine, and get out of the chair, and go play; or B) Sit in the chair. Note that sitting in the chair was not particularly comfortable, as he was strapped in such that he couldn't escape without help. If you feel better about it being the car seat in the car rather than the high chair in the kitchen, you can do that. (I don't know why parents will object to strapping their kid into a high chair, and not object to doing the same thing in the car.) Also, IIRC, he learned pretty quick that he should just take the meds and go back to playing.

A key issue is to never use food as a bribe, unless you want a kid with eating disorders later on.

When they're a little older, giving them access to TV or computer as a bribe/reward, and denying it as a punishment, works really well. We're still using that, and the kid turns 18 in six weeks.
Jul. 7th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
We still use the syringes from Target with Alex. Although somewhere along the way it turned into a game for him and he insists on pushing the medicine himself now. Maybe if you let her do it herself she'll feel less threatened by it? Can do it at her own pace in her own good time?
Jul. 7th, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
There are two ways to look at this-- my sister overdosed on children's chewable aspirin when she was about 3 (before childproof caps and not giving kids aspirin). I've always preferred kids who are resistant to taking meds over kids who WANT medication for everything. I've told them "God made little people LITTLE for a reason." If you have to, hold her down and squirt it in her mouth... We only had to do this with eyedrops for pink eye. They didn't seem to mind liquid tylenol in a syringe.
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
If she likes ice cubes, have her suck on a few for a bit, which will both make her throat feel better, and numb the tongue.

Then, if you have the syringe or dropper, she might not mind the taste too much, because the taste buds will be numb.
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