B.M. asks from Raymond, NH on February 17, 2008
Getting My 5 Year Old to Take Her Medicine!
So last week I found out my 5 year old daughter had a double ear infection. Of course she got antibiotics perscribed... but why she ended up with CHEWABLE ones is beyond me. I don't blame her for not wanting to take them... they smell horrible and they are horse pills! Plus she has to take 2 of them 3 times a day for 10 days. She is a trooper and I get her to take them but it takes hours and lots of tears every time. I have tried crushing them up and mixing them in applesauce and pudding but of course she knows. I have also tried breaking them in half and teaching her how to swallow pills with juice like I do... she tried but I can't get that to work either! Any ideas on how to make this easier?
So What Happened?™
Well the bribing with candy worked a few times but it got old fast lol. I called the doc today and asked if they could call in a liquid perscription. I still have no idea why they would give her chewables... YUCK! Thank you everyone!
A.D. answers from Boston on March 20, 2008
Can you call the Dr and just ask him to perscribe the liquid instead? Might be easier and less tearful! Just a thought.
B.E. answers from Boston on February 19, 2008
Honestly, I would just call the physician and ask to get her switched to the liquid, will save you both some frustration! Usually they are willing to change prescriptions easily enough, and hopefully isn't too expensive!
L.L. answers from Boston on February 19, 2008
My 5 year old son had the same problem just a few weeks ago. Is the antibiotic Amoxycillin? Eventually, I just called the doctor and asked for a new prescription for the liquid version.
K.V. answers from Boston on February 18, 2008
Definitely call the doc and request another prescription for the liquid. My daughter still hates pills at 23yrs!!!
D.L. answers from Boston on February 19, 2008
I would call the pediatrician's office and let them know that your daughter is having a hard time with the chewables. Maybe the best thing would be a liquid form of antibiotics. And if liquid is better for her, than have the pediatrician note this in her file and be ready to remind them. Moms always know better. And remember, learn to listen to gut instinct.
Did you know that for a small fee, the pharmacy can flavor liquid medicines to just any flavor that your little one could desire? I'd give it a try.
G.H. answers from Burlington on February 20, 2008
When my son was 4 he was the same way with miedicine only he would not take it, we had to hold him down which was just to heart breaking and he would spit it up anyway when, we did everything even hid it in his juice, it did not work. We eventually had to go back to the Dr. because he was not getting better and was running a constant high fever. Eventually the Dr. gave him a shot of Penicillian which worked. The Dr. asked him straight out do you want to take this medicine or should I put it in a shot, he opted for the shot! But that was years ago, now days they have antibiotics in fun flavors and even lollipops, check it out. Target has a pharmacy where you can pick out of 30 flavors I believe, crazy but obviously we are not alone. Go get her something yummy.
J.E. answers from Boston on February 19, 2008
That is very strange that your doctor prescribed her the pills. Maybe you could call your doctor and explain the problems you have had trying to get her to take them and he can prescribe the liquid form. Otherwise if that doesn't work I would try crushing them up when she doesn't know and put in her drink, if she drinks chocolate milk she probably won't even notice. Good luck.
A.B. answers from Boston on February 18, 2008
How about a little bribery? My daughters won't take medicine without a little treat after to "wash it down" I usually give them a few M&M's or a mini reeses. as they say " a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!"
M.W. answers from Boston on February 18, 2008
I have done it with M&M's. They are pill sized and my little one chews the pill with teh candy. Even in teh am. It is a extra special treat since she is being so brave for taking the medicine.
J.G. answers from Honolulu on February 19, 2008
Call the doc and/or the pharmacist to switch the prescription to a flavored liquid preparation. If she'll be on it for 10 days, may be worth it not to have to fight the ear infection AND your little munchkin! :-) (Most antibiotics are available as liquid preps so don't know why they tried the pills on a 5 year old anyway...)
L.W. answers from Boston on February 19, 2008
Have you called your pedi back? I would call and ask to have them call in liguid medicine. I've never heard of a five yr old taking big pills like that. Maybe there was an error between the pharmacy & dr? Just ask, i'm sure they'll change it! Good luck & hope she feels better soon!