2 yr old refusing antibiotics - help!

(27 Posts)
giddywithglee Wed 10-Jul-13 08:53:23

Has anyone got any magic tips for getting a very stubborn 2.5 yr old to take antibiotics when they don't want to??

After a couple of days of being poorly, yesterday DS1 had a massively high temp and was complaining of a sore neck. I panicked (obvs!) and took him to see doctor, apparently he has tonsillitis which may be bacterial (he has pus on his tonsils and the high temp is also apparently an indicator) so he's been prescribed antibiotics. They're orange flavoured but have quite a bitter aftertaste, and after the first dose he has decided he doesn't like them and so the battle has begun.

I have tried explaining to him 'remember we went to see the doctor? he told Mummy that you must take this medicine', I've tried 'this will make you feel better', I've tried 'you have no choice, you must take it', and I've tried putting it in a syringe and forcing him to take it (he went mad!). This morning I put them in his apple juice in the end, but it's taken him over an hour to drink and he's supposed to have them on an empty stomach. Argh!

I can't face this fight 4 times a day for the next week (poor DS2 who is only 11 weeks has been completely side-lined!) so I'm desperate for any advice!

MaMattoo Wed 10-Jul-13 14:02:00

Agree win Belmo. That's me too. Syringe, hold firmly, squirt. Followed by loud cheer and some water to get it all down and the taste out. Also bought a character spoon for medication - which helped!

curlew Wed 10-Jul-13 14:15:27

ABSOLTELY once you've started, then you must finish. Just think carefully about starting....

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