My 3.5 year old daughter has some liquid antibiotics medication she needs to take for an ear infection. However, it's been very difficult to get her to take it. We tried to mix it with apple juice (OK'd by the pharmacist) and it was next to impossible to get her to drink it. We resorted to threats of needles instead, bribes with chocolate, begging, etc. but it was not easy. She got so agitated she almost threw up what we had given her.
Today is day 1 of the medication, and she'll need to take it for a few more days at least. I don't want a repeat of today's difficulties. Are there any other ways to get a 3 or 4 year old to take liquid medication? What's worked for you? Thank you!
asked 21 Mar '10, 23:36
Chris W. Rea
Is it a question of not wanting to take it, or not liking the taste? My three year old son has been sick A LOT this winter and got fed up with US giving him medication... So we gave it to him in a pre-measured oral syringe and let him administer the dose, it solved our problem. He loves the control (supervised, of course).
He also hated getting eye drops when he had pink eye this year - they stung. In desperation we resorted to "rewarding" with smarties (the chocolate kind), one per eye. He only got them if he received the drops with little fuss... He was receptive to this as he got to chose which type of treat he would be getting, and got to choose the colour of smarties after the drops each time. Have you considered asking her what she would like to have (within reason, of course)?
Barring that - any chance of getting a different flavour?
I tried threats with this problem to no avail, but now instead I use fairy-tale-like stories involving characters from books my son and I have read as well as characters from televisions shows to convince him that, in fact, it is imperative that he complete his course of treatment.
Children are impressionable, so I am not sure if it is unfair to do this, but it does work.
answered 22 Mar '10, 13:50