We asked our MoM’s for their tips on how to get your child to take their medicine when they are feeling unwell and refuse to swallow anything? Here are the top 10 answers.
Last year one mums clever tip to get infants to take their medicine went viral. The UK Mum shared how she inserted the syringe of medicine through the drinking hole of a bottle lid and posted a snap of her baby boy happily drinking it. Read her post HERE.
Our clever MoM’s have recommended some other great techniques including:
- Medicine first, teaspoon of Nutella after (unless allergic to nuts)
- Squeeze checks, insert medication and blow in their face. When you blow they swallow. Takes a second and then give them juice or their favorite drink. Do not squeeze too hard.
- Mix it with a tiny bit of soft drink. They will assume its a treat, works for my kids
- Pinch their nose (gently)
- Babies: stick the syringe into the side of their cheek near the back while having them semi sitting up and give small bits at a time. (Less likely to vomit).
- Little kids: give them something they like to eat or drink in plain view for you to give them directly after they take the meds. (This works better if they are usually denied any sort of treats usually).
- Older kids: Pills opened up into a cut banana stuck back together. (They know it’s there, it just makes it easier to swallow).
- You can also use a dummy on smaller babies, cut a hole in the back of the dummy, put medicine in the teat, baby will suck happily without issue and you can see that all Medicine has been consumed!!!
- Piece of ice before and after to numb the mouth and the taste a bit.
- Use a suppository if nothing else works.
Share your tips below.