Convincing my daughter to take her medicine has been a challenge from the day she was old enough to spit it back out at me!
We have tried so very, very many ways to get her to choke down not-so-awesome tasting medicine over the years, and these are my tried and true systems for getting her to take a full dosage.
Nothing is more frustrating than when your child starts to drink their medicine and then spits it out, drops it, or just doesn’t finish it in some way and you have no idea how much they’ve taken. So, we’ve come up with ways to help kids take their medicine!
Ways to Get Children To Take Their Medicine
1. Get the Good Stuff: Dr. Cocoa’s Cough and Cold (blog sponsor) is hands down the best way I’ve ever found to get my daughter to take cough medicine! It is chocolate flavored! I have to convince her that she’s NOT sick it tastes so good.
2. Silly Spoons: We have used all sorts of silly spoons and other measuring devices at my house to help make medicine taking time more fun. (Just be sure to pre-measure, because these aren’t always accurate.)
3. Rewards: When all else fails, bribe them. But bribe them with something silly like “If you take this, then you get to feel better for FOUR whole hours.” I don’t know why, but this works!
4. Medicine Sippy Cups: Did you know there’s a cup you can just stick your medicine dosage into and then fill up with something to drink? The kids will think they are drinking their favorite drink but really, the first few sips will be their meds instead.
5. Hold Your Nose: This is an oldie, but a goodie, and it totally works! Have your kids hold their nose while they take the meds. They won’t even taste it on the way down.
- Dr. Cocoaâ„¢ Long-Acting Cough Relief: relieves coughs for up to eight hours without causing drowsiness in children ages 4-13 (active ingredient: Dextromethorphan). Follow the package label for exact dose by age, or speak to your child’s pediatrician.
- Dr. Cocoaâ„¢ Daytime Cough + Cold Relief: relieves stuffy nose and cough for children ages 4-13. Its non-drowsy formula makes it ideal for daytime use (active ingredients: Dextromethorphan and Phenylephrine). Follow the package label for exact dose by age, or speak to your child’s pediatrician.
- Dr. Cocoaâ„¢ Nighttime Cough + Cold Relief: Made especially for children ages 6-13 to relieve coughs, along with stuffy nose, runny nose and sneezing at night (active ingredients: Diphenhydramine, Phenylephrine). Follow the package label for exact dose by age, or speak to your child’s pediatrician.
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