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How to get flucloxacillin in to my awkward 7yo

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CreatingHavoc · 22/09/2023 14:12

Dd2 is particularly bad at taking medicine. She is so anxious about what things taste like that she won't even let dentists put fluoride paste on her teeth. Flucloxacillin apparently tastes awful so this is going to be a challenge. She has an infection in her finger around her nail and it looks like the nail may fall off. Most of the infection has gone with a week of fuscidin cream and salt water soaks and it doesn't hurt her anymore but we went back to the gp today as it is still swollen (though not as much) and her nail is partly discoloured and slightly loose and generallydoesnt look right at all. Despite it not hurting her anymore he recommended antibiotics to get rid of any remaining infection and to carry on with the cream and salt soaks too.
But flucloxacillin has to be taken 4 times a day an hour before food and is not supposed to be mixed with food either. I've never been able to get her to take medication without mixing it with something so I'm a bit baffled as to what to do. Any advice would be great seeing as she's going to have to have a dose at school as well 🤦 all I can think of atm is maybe mixing it with a bit of juice or vimto. I can't use a syringe either as she just vomits it back up (sensitive gag reflex) so she has to have it off a spoon or mixed with something.

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FrenchandSaunders · 22/09/2023 14:13

Sounds like the infection has cleared up a lot so I'd mix it with something, despite them saying not to. Better to do that than not have it at all.

IkaBaar · 22/09/2023 14:15

Talk to your pharmacist. They’ll be able to tell you how bad it is to mix it with food, they might be able to recommend something else they tastes slightly better.

Tangofantastic · 22/09/2023 14:18

can you ask for it in tablet form?
my dd7 is the exact same, gags and vomits at fluoride on teeth etc. she has regular antibiotics and I was losing the plot trying to get them into her 4 times a day. Switching to pill form helped- I started by quartering them and giving them in Nutella or yogurt, moved up to halving then and she can now swallow a whole one with a spoonful of yogurt. She still gags but it’s infinitely better than the dreaded liquid. Hope it’s better soon X

Tangofantastic · 22/09/2023 14:20

I was told it’s ok to give it mixed with something as long as it’s no more than a spoonful and as long as it’s on an empty stomach 🤷‍♀️

CreatingHavoc · 22/09/2023 16:24

Thanks all, I will give it a go and if no luck will ask for tablets. I wonder why they can't make it taste like the banana one we used to have as kids?!

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Choconuttolata · 22/09/2023 16:46

Ask them if they can switch it to an alternative like co-amoxiclav if she can't manage the flucloxacillin.

clipclop5 · 24/09/2023 21:21

Taste it yourself - you’ll soon see why she won’t take it! Teen DD had it in capsule form, even then the smell of cat piss from them was so awful that she couldn’t even put them in her mouth without gagging. She’s normally good with tablets but these were impossible for her to take. Horrendous stuff. Safe to say we asked for an alternative antibiotic!

Throwncrumbs · 24/09/2023 21:37

In yoghurt. We do this in hospital

IrresponsiblyCertainAboutSexualDimorphism · 24/09/2023 21:44

You can mix it with a bit of food. You might be able to reason with/ bribe a 7yo that swallowing it quickly and chasing it with something strongly flavoured will help avoid the worst of the taste.

It really is hideous and nothing masks it very well unfortunately.

DustyLee123 · 24/09/2023 21:45

Best to get it down her however you need to, rather than not have it.

Cranberriesandtea · 24/09/2023 21:46

Is you daughter 2 or 7?

WeWereInParis · 24/09/2023 21:48

Mix it if you can, but honestly flucloxacillin is absolutely genuinely vile. I had the liquid once and put the 5ml dose in about a big glass of orange juice in an attempt to disguise the taste, and it was still the most disgusting thing I've ever tasted. It was also a massive mistake as I then had to drink a large amount of horrible juice in order to get the dose.
I asked them to prescribe something else and that was fine. I'm actually not generally a baby when it comes to taste, but this stuff is really awful.

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