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poorlykid Mon 12-Feb-18 19:54:35

My 3.5 year old needs a course of penicillin. He had one this afternoon and it tasted bad and now is in melt down refusing to have the next lot!
I've got to give him it 4 times a day for 10 days!
I really really don't want to force him to take it but how am I supposed to get him to take it?! Any ideas? Help!

Quartz2208 Mon 12-Feb-18 19:56:23

With mine unfortunately it was a matter of forcing for a day until he realised it made him feel better. Found a syringe worked water then treat. Is it the orange one as that is foul. Is it for Scarlet fever

Cath2907 Mon 12-Feb-18 19:57:58

Syringe and promise of a chocolate button straight after. You may well need to put your foot down though!

TitaniumSodiumBorate Mon 12-Feb-18 19:58:24

Doesn't help now but I always ask the chemist for the sugared version rather than the sugar free one. A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down and I figure it doesn't hurt when they are sick.
You could ask your doc for a new prescription..

Derekmorganwasinmybed Mon 12-Feb-18 19:59:00

When my dd was in hospital they are see to put it in her drink

fusspot66 Mon 12-Feb-18 19:59:02 really cold in the fridge
Give it with the syringe not a spilly spoon
Offerr him a suck on a frube in between medicine squirts
Go to.the pharmacy and ask them to.make you the sugar version as the sugar free is awful and you'll only be bribing him with chocolate buttons anyway
I feel your pain
Ultimately he has to decide to swallow it

Blackteadrinker77 Mon 12-Feb-18 19:59:08

You have to get it in to them whether they like it or not.

You have to explain they have to but that they can have xyz straight away.

Moreisnnogedag Mon 12-Feb-18 19:59:19

Force him I’m afraid. It sucks and is heart rending but you just have to. I had to pin ds1 down with his arms tucked to his side and squirt it in the corner of his cheek and wait till he swallowed it. I hated it but he wasn’t old enough to understand or be bribed with Lego .

Derekmorganwasinmybed Mon 12-Feb-18 19:59:20

The used to put

PlanNumber Mon 12-Feb-18 19:59:21

Yes, bribing with sweets and/or whatever it takes is the only way.

ipswichwitch Mon 12-Feb-18 19:59:34

If he won’t take it willingly you’ll need to force the issue. I found pinning them down and using a syringe to squirt a little at a time into the cheek towards the back of the mouth works best. They can’t spit it in your face then <bitter experience>
Medication is something that’s really non-negotiable, and I’ve always made it clear they either take it the easy way or I’ll have to pin them down. It’s not easy, especially when it tastes horrible, but sometimes there’s no other way.

ipswichwitch Mon 12-Feb-18 20:02:05

I should add that I only go to forcing if all other methods of bribery/persuasion/ whatever have failed!

isadoradancing123 Mon 12-Feb-18 20:02:45

It taste foul but yes force him if necessary, but try any form of bribery, doesn't matter if he has too many hardbody or whatever for a few days

isadoradancing123 Mon 12-Feb-18 20:03:19


BeesAndChiscuits Mon 12-Feb-18 20:03:34

I couldn’t get my dd to take hers. There’s only so far you can go - once you get in the realm of physically forcing a child to take medicine, it’s a long way past my comfort zone. The pharmacist told me I could mix it in a drink or yoghurt, but she still wouldn’t take it. In the end I realised she could swallow tablets and she was prescribed those rather than the liquid. Not sure what we’d have done otherwise. It’s grim having an uncooperative child in this situation.

HolyMountain Mon 12-Feb-18 20:03:42

I’ve seen others recommend mixing it in with a spoon full of Nutella and spoon it in.

outofmydepth45 Mon 12-Feb-18 20:05:11

I second a bit at a time in the back of the cheek so they don't spit it out. At 3.5 you should be able to bribe

MincemeatTart Mon 12-Feb-18 20:11:01

Wrap in a bath towel with arms enclosed firmly. Across knee, syringe to back of cheek. Some things have to be done, it’s pretty unkind not to force it down them and allow them to continue being ill for longer.

tjr1971 Mon 12-Feb-18 20:17:26

Why oh why do they not make these medications in suppository form, is beyond me....

BeesAndChiscuits Mon 12-Feb-18 20:19:32

Mincemeat tart you might be able to do that to your child 4 times a day for 10 days but I certainly couldn’t restrain a struggling pre-school child like that. Also, mine would see the towel coming after the first time.

poorlykid Mon 12-Feb-18 20:20:34

I've literally tried everything, I tried mixing it in syrup! In a chocolate drink, bribery with sweets and chocolate, threats of toys being taken away.
My heart is breaking - I eventually tried to pin him and put the syringe in the side of his mouth for a few seconds but he screamed don't do it Mummy, I can't do it! I'm gonna have to ask the doctors tomorrow for pills! 💔 This is just awful!

LittleFeileFooFoo Mon 12-Feb-18 20:24:14

This happened to me, first dose he took but it was so awful the second was a horror we both cried!
I took mine to the store and let him pick out 20 prizes! (5 you cars in a package counted as 5!) I told him he could have1 prize after each dose. He was very sad when we'd finished the course of antibiotics!

speakout Mon 12-Feb-18 20:25:26

How important is it for him to take it?

blackteasplease Mon 12-Feb-18 20:25:48

Bribe for all you are worth!

LittleFeileFooFoo Mon 12-Feb-18 20:26:12

The cats day up on a counter where he could sew them. After he took the dose,he got to pick. Sometimesi had to let him hold it before taking the syringe. But it worked.. And at the last dose i had a really awesome transporter truck for him.

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