Tips for medicine taking

(8 Posts)
stargirl1701 Sun 28-Jul-13 20:00:29

The only thing that worked for us was, unfortunately, repetition. DD is excellent at taking meds (10 months) but she has been taking up to 7 syringes of different meds a day since 2 months sad

ChunkyPickle Sun 28-Jul-13 19:54:32

We used the syringe (and still do) at that age - it helped that he was already used to sucking on a straw so he kind of understood what I was trying to get him to do.

It also helped that I could get higher concentration stuff where I was, so he had a much smaller volume he had to suck in and swallow.

Alternatively, as the thread the other day reminded me, there's always the option of suppositories.

Fluffyemenent Sun 28-Jul-13 19:32:08

I put calpol in the teat of a bottle when desperate, works for my little one!

debbie1412 Fri 26-Jul-13 13:33:38

I mixed it in a yogurt !

Ladyhawke127 Fri 26-Jul-13 13:03:42

The trick, I find, is to angle the syringe right to the back corner of the mouth, not the middle or he will choke, and deliver the dose in little bits of about 0.5 mls at a time, let him swallow that then continue. It takes a wee bit longer, but the amount is so little, that he will probably swallow it, or at least most of the dose. To begin with it will probably be easier with two people, one to hold and one to administer, but if you persevere, it should get easier. Alternatively, get him when he is calm, show him the syring of medicine, tell him what is going to happen then reasonably ask him to take it. That sounds totally and utterly bonkers, but this works with little hawk. I show him the full syringe, tell him what it is and offer it and he is normally great. Getting a calm baby is the key to that strategy working, though, and we very occasionally have to do it the first way, but not often. Alternatively, if he takes a dummy,mthere are special dummy medicine administration things that you can buy that might help, but I havnt used them and can't say how well they worked. Google administering medicine to babies, as I have also come accross a device that gives the child the medicine without them tasting it?????? But I can't remember where I have seen it. I hope this helps,

CarlyRose80 Fri 26-Jul-13 11:02:52

Yeah we have some of those and he spits it out before its even in:-(

YBR Fri 26-Jul-13 10:55:42

Have you tried a dosing syringe - ask at the pharmacy.
At one time this (with moderate force and patience) was our only hope, but things have improved and DD will usually take stuff from a spoon.

CarlyRose80 Fri 26-Jul-13 09:04:23

Does any one have any genius ideas as to how to get your baby to swallow medicine. LO is 8 months and completely refuses to take it. He's teething with a temp so much needed. I've tried all sorts lol, spoon, medicine stick, in water or juice and he's having none of it lol.

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