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Can't get DS to take medicine

(7 Posts)
Puffinlover Mon 25-Nov-13 11:09:17

Been to GP this morning, DS2 has tonsillitis. Been prescribed 7 days of antibiotics. Cannot get him to take it!! He's 6 and really funny about sweet stuff anyway ie hates juice, squash etc will only drink water, hates Calpol which most kids love. Have spent a hour begging, pleading, threatening, bribing but no joy. He tried some gagged made himself sick. Having an absolute melt down over the meds. All very stressed and upset. My question is, if he does not take any meds, will it get better on its own? Or do I need to find a way to make him?

DeWe Mon 25-Nov-13 12:14:27

Ds (also 6yo) is an expert in not taking antibiotics.

What I do now, is get him distracted on the computer. Tell him he is having it, no discussion (pause while he tells me he's going to die from the taste, I hate him etc...) hold him under the chin with his head tilted a little up (stops him spitting it out) put the spoon in, and immediately put a chocolate drop in. He can't then get the medicine out without the chocolate drop! grin

Other options are bribery: doesn't work with him though. Works with my older ones.
Or giving a choice. "Either you <insert something he doesn't want to do> or take medicine".
What works sometimes with ds is he likes me to give it not dh. So dh gets the medicine, says he's going to give it. Ds says no! So I nip in take the medicine off dh, and say I've got to be quick because I'm in the middle of something, I can do it if he takes it straight away... Works about half the time.
I have tried explaining why he needs it, and how it works. He's very interested-but makes no difference in him taking it. He thinks he probably will take it, sees he's needs to... he'll start taking it later/this evening/tomorrow... grin

BaldricksTurnip Mon 25-Nov-13 12:20:12

My five year old gets recurrent ear infections requiring antib's. The ones he gets prescribed also taste and smell like death. What works for him is buying a bottle of ready mixed chocolate milkshake and mixing the medicine in with about half an inch of milkshake in a cup. He will happily drink it then. You could try ice cream mushed up if your ds doesn't like milkshakes.

Puffinlover Mon 25-Nov-13 20:37:48

Thank you both for the tips and reassurance. I have managed to get him on side and he has now taken it twice today with me rather than DH who was trying this morning while I was at work (thanks DeWe for that idea!!). I'm off tomorrow and weds so fingers crossed he keeps on being brave. He's v proud of himself and has had lots of praise from aunties and grandparents this evening!!

MERLYPUSS Tue 26-Nov-13 11:16:37

With my DTs I line up a spoon of medicine and a spoon of ice cream syrup side by side. They take the medicine immediately followed by the ice cream syrup (yes, it is incredibly sweet but the physical action of trying to swallow the gluey stuff forces the vile taste away). They get to choose which syrup so they feel in control. Not failed yet ..........

Willthisworknow Tue 26-Nov-13 22:20:45

My son hated the taste but we tried to put in milk. Can u do this?

Tuhlulah Fri 29-Nov-13 09:35:24

My Hv advised me to allow child to take the medicine himself, shaking, pouring and putting in mouth. It did work for a while.

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