B.H. asks from Minneapolis, MN on November 19, 2008
11 Month Old Struggling Taking Liquid Penicillan-techniques Needed
My 11 month old has just been prescribed antibiotics for the first time as she has strep throat. She hates the penicillan and screams and thashes everytime I give it to her. On the other hand, she loves Tylenol or Motrin and takes it like a little bird. Any tips or tricks? I have both a syringe and dosage spoon.
J.R. answers from Minneapolis on November 21, 2008
Just mix it in some applesauce or other food that she likes or put it in her juice bottle.
Mom to 4, ages 6, 5, 4, and 2 :o)
C.S. answers from Minneapolis on November 20, 2008
Tell them at the pharmacy that you'd like it flavored. My son takes Zantac and I have them flavor it grape. It used to be a fight for us, too until we got it flavored now he likes it. I think its only $2.99 more. :) Good luck!
C.H. answers from Rochester on November 20, 2008
At the pharmacy, have them flavor the medicine. My son is on amoxacillin for an ear infection and he happily is taking his medicine this time b/c it's flavored.
L.M. answers from Minneapolis on November 20, 2008
We have to massage my daughters throat and hold her down while giving any medicine to make her swallow it. It goes pretty quick and then we just "hug it out":)
K.T. answers from Milwaukee on November 21, 2008
My daughter also hates meds, other than Mortin. I mix it in with yogurt and as long as you have her finish it it works great! Good luck!!!
M.Y. answers from Minneapolis on November 20, 2008
Call your pharmacy and see if they can add flavoring to it. My son was put on Omeprezole this summer and HATED it- within 3 days of starting it, he would clamp his mouth shut and turn his head and fuss when you walked toward him with the syringe. I was surprised because he was only 7 months at the time! I do know that some pharmacies make you pay for the flavoring though. I had gotten mine filled and flavored at Target and it didn't cost anything, then I went to Walgreens this time (drive thru) and they charge for it. It was well worth paying this one time for the flavoring vs going unflavored.
Hope this helps!
K.S. answers from Minneapolis on November 20, 2008
It's a little old fashioned, but they actually gave my son a shot of it. If nothing else works, could you call the clinic and find out if that is an option? Not fun...but I know how impossible it can be to get some meds in them. Good luck.
T. answers from Minneapolis on November 20, 2008
We used to give them a nipple to a bottle to suck on while lying down. Then you just pour the medication in the open nipple and they suck it down. I think that the nipple covers all thier taste buds so it isn't as offensive to them. Good luck!
T.L. answers from Milwaukee on November 20, 2008
They have those things called reliadose that you could try. I'm not sure exactly how it works but I know you can mix the med with juice or milk to make it easier for your baby to take it. Also, try to get it flavored - they can do it at the pharmacy.
C.K. answers from Minneapolis on November 19, 2008
Many pharmacies offer to add flavoring to children's medicines--can your own pharmacy do that?
Can you "hide" it in juice or milk, or foods like apple sauce or oatmeal?
H.A. answers from Waterloo on November 20, 2008
I agree with Cherie K. My only addition to that would be to blow in her face in a quick sharp blast right after you squirt the medicine in. The air makes them swallow automaticly. Maybe after you make her take it like that a few times she'll realize she'd better take it willingly. Just make sure she understands that one way or another she IS going to take it, and she has the choice which way she's going to get it: the easy way or the hard way.
(Going back and re-reading that I seem like such a hard a-- mean mom! LoL!)