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18mth old won't take antibiotics - help - any ideas

(10 Posts)
ilovetiramisu Mon 20-Jul-09 23:45:48

Can't get DC to take her medicine. It's either spat out, gargled, then spat out or dribbled out and is probably only getting about 2ml rather than 5ml in each dose if I'm lucky. Have you any ideas. Am using a syringe but have also tried a spoon and that was spectacularly bad. The whole process is awful with dc becoming hysterical each time a dose is due and the medicine appears.

fortyplus Mon 20-Jul-09 23:58:13

Try mixing with fruit juice maybe?

nappyaddict Tue 21-Jul-09 03:35:47

Have you tried one of these

lulalullabye Tue 21-Jul-09 04:19:15

I have found that with children at work(nurse) that if you give via syringe it works bets. The biggest tip is to put the syringe into their mouth but don't press the plunger immediatly. The first thing that they will do when you put the syringe in spit, so if you the when they have had that first spit, slowly put a little in, and it doesn't seem to come out !
Hope that makes sense grin

hazlinh Tue 21-Jul-09 05:08:57

i've had this problem for 5 years, dd (5) never ever ever ever ever takes any medicine orally and i've had to mix it in with her milk which sometimes works though sometimes she can taste it n then she won't finish it. she doesn't use soothers either so that wouldn't work.

but best to check with your doctor if mixing it with milk affects the medicine's efficacy in any way though my doctors don't seem to mind. but they just said to make sure it's finished if it's antibiotics.

mummytopebs Tue 21-Jul-09 08:32:16

Put it in a small pot of fromage frais, never fails x

ilovetiramisu Tue 21-Jul-09 15:03:31

ok tried it with juice this morning and that didn't work. disagreed over the next dose so both ended up covered in it. Will try the next one with fromage frais. DC doesn't use a dummy so I don't think nappyaddicts idea will work but thanks anyway. lullabye will give your idea a go too. I think its the taste as DC is fine with Calpol. Next time I'll see if I can get a different flavour. This one is orange.

mummytopebs Tue 21-Jul-09 16:08:15

If you put it in strawberry or peach fromage frais and stir it in they wont know x

ilovetiramisu Wed 22-Jul-09 14:23:52

Thanks for the advice, the fromage frais was a sucess. DC ate about 90% of the first one and was scraping the bottom of the second. Wouldn't touch the one with lunch but was exhausted now sleeping bed and I'll try again later. I'm worried about the quantity missed with all the spitting and gargling that has been going on, do you think I need to get another presciption to carry it on for a few extra day? Might try phoning GP later but I think they're a bit swamped at the moment

mummytopebs Wed 22-Jul-09 16:23:31

I owuld just see how she goes and ring the gp if there doesnt seem to be an improvement x glad the fromage frais worked its never failed me yet

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