V.T. asks from Allen, TX on August 08, 2008
Help, My Son Won't Take His Medicine!
Ben, 2 1/2, is on antibiotics for a possible staph infection on his cheek (again). I'm having the hardest time getting him to take his medicine. He wont take it willingly, he will just spit it out. I have to have him take it, else he will end up in the hospital like last year for 5 days on IV antibiotics. I've tried bribing him with lots of different candy, but he still wont take it. I've tried mixing it with applejuice, but he still tastes it and wont drink it. I've tried doing it very slowly while he is sleeping, but he will just spit it out and wake up. I've been having to force him to take it, and I feel like I'm torturing him. :( I have to wrap up his arms in a towel, have someone help me hold him down, plug his nose to get him to open his mouth, squirt some in, then I have to put my hand over his mouth until he swallows it. I hate doing this! We still have to do this for one more week twice a day. Does anyone have any suggestions on something I could mix it in so he wont taste it, or any other ideas? Thank you for your help!!
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So What Happened?™
I'm happy to report that I've got Ben to take his medicine twice today! :)
A big thanks to all of you wonderful mamas for all of your suggestions!!!
I was able to take the medicine to the pharmacy for flavoring to be added, even though we have already used some. It was just $3 at CVS, and we got grape flavor. I got him to take his medicine this morning by mixing the grape flavored medicine in Welch's concord grape juice. Tonight I mixed it in pudding, and he ate it all up. Yeah! :)
T.F. answers from Dallas on August 11, 2008
I don't know if this will help or not, but after you put the medicine in his mouth (do it with him lying down or partially reclined), BLOW IN HIS FACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This triggers the swollow reflex and he will swallow without knowing and maybe get some of it down! This was told to me by a dr. and I have always done it and it has worked good for me with my kiddos!
He may seem like he is coughing/choking after he swollows because he was fighting you and some of it may have "gone down the wrong pipe" but the coughing will get it back "up the pipe" (not towards his lungs) and it will be so far back that he will then automatically swallow it down into his stomach!
L.L. answers from Dallas on August 10, 2008
Try it with Coca Cola---it has a strong taste and covers up a lot of tastes---I have gotten many meds down my children and grandchildren using Coke! Do not give a huge amount of it---maybe 3-4 ounces with the meds---so he will drink it all quickly!
K.H. answers from Dallas on August 09, 2008
I had this problem with my 2 1/2 step son about a week ago. He was on 2 different meds one of which that he likes and the other he couldn't stand. He still takes his medicine in a syringe so I would put a tiny bit of the medicine he likes in the syringe first then fill it up with the "yucky" one and then i would put a tiny bit more of the yummy medicine back in the syringe. That way the first and last taste he tasted was the grape medicine that he liked and the syrgine was coated with it. We tried everything like you did from putting it on icecream to threatening time out and that was the only thing that worked.
M.H. answers from Dallas on August 09, 2008
Hi V.! I totally understand what you are going through! Don't feel like you are torturing him because a stay in the hospital will be much worse or a deadly infection. I have 8 kids and there is no way I have found with the "non-cooperative medicine takers" to mix it with anything... they smell it a mile away plus you never know how much medicine exactly they got. Dr Pepper tastes like medicine so maybe... lol. Anyway the only way I get it down is holding my 2 year old down and using the syringe to the back of the throat and not pulling it out (so they can't close their mouth and spit out) until is down. Sometimes I have to plug the nose too. I do ask them if they want it the easy way or the hard way, give them choice of people, it makes no difference. Hang in there he will eventually grow out of it in many years. :0)
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R.B. answers from Dallas on August 09, 2008
I am assuming he has been prescribed Clindamycin. It is known as "liquid skunk" by our famiy and it is AWFUL! The flavors take away a little of the "bite" but NOTHING makes it tolerable.
As a mom that deals with staph infections, I can not stress how important it is for you to finish the medicine. That type of staph is resistant to most antibiotics (assuming here... and doc probably assumes too until culture comes back). There are three antibiotics that are available by prescription to staph, unfortunately sometimes the staph can become resistant to one or more of those. If you aren't able to administer the medication, you need to call the doctor. If the resistancies are high, your chances for hospitilization are very high. Let me tell you, that is NOT FUN! Been there, done that. Contact isolation with a toddler is the pits! Not to mention the IV administered Vancomyacin (sp?). It is some harsh stuff and has to be administered via IV over the course of an hour multiple times a day for multiple days.
With that said... my "mean mom" way of getting those meds down is by force, really. I lay my little one between my legs, with her head toward my groin area. By pinning her arms under my thighs my hands are free to hold her head and squirt the medicine in. Her legs are down by my legs are free to do whatever she does... usually kicking. After the medicine is down I hold her and love her until she calms dowm. A popscicle afterwards helps sometimes too. It is a horrible, awful thing to have to go through, but the alternatives are much worse! Staph can be deadly. It is fast growing and super fast spreading. You need to be almost OCD in your handwashing and cleaning of the wound. The rags or whatever used for the wound cleaning need to be treated with extreme caution and everything sanitized completely. Keep the wound covered at all times while it is oozing or if your child is going to be around other children. Also, the bactrim cream in the nostrils is also imperative at this time for your child AND EVERYONE in your family!
Wow, I could go on about staph forever. Feel free to message me if you have any questions or just need someone to talk to that knows what you are going through.
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K.A. answers from Dallas on August 09, 2008
Hey, the towel thing sounds really familiar. My daughter was like that and so is her daughter. She's much better now, she's 7. Some kids are great at it and some aren't. I hated medicine myself so I can relate to the little bugger. I would go outside and spit it out. Sometimes forcing it down is the only thing you can do and you're not torturing him, it's better to do that than get sicker. Maybe a straw to suck it down quick, I do that with stuff I don't like to taste. A squirter instead of a spoon but he'll still spit it out, I'm sure. Blow in his face just as you give it to him. Good luck.
R.W. answers from Dallas on August 09, 2008
tell the dr asap to get you a different kind of antibiotic that tastes different! there's one my son won't take--
short of that--we got those pops one time-the kind where theres 100 to a package-freeze them-pull one out-he can choose the flavor-let it soften 1/4 of the way-pour some out-then put med in there-and he MIGHT take it!
personally-i'll never get that one antibiotic again-it started w/ a "C"
also they can flavor them at certain pharmacies-ask your doc-they'll know which ones!
ps- if u put in a syringe(no needle of course) then shoot it straight to the back and one side-
expl. he needs the meds or he might go to hosp again.........
A.L. answers from Dallas on August 09, 2008
Walgreens can add flavors to your meds-grape covers up the taste of most meds-only costs $2
A. answers from Dallas on August 08, 2008
In my opinion, it is time for shots!! I have children who I fight with to take medicine, and so I request antibiotic shots whenever I can. I even heard one woman say that she had gone to the doctor everyday for the last 5 days for antibiotic shots, because her daughter refused to take meds. Do they hurt? Sure, but it is over in one minute versus a 10 minute battle of wills with you. And, you know for certain that he has gotten all of his meds. I dont know if it will work for staph, but I cant see why not! If your doctor has not suggested it, ask questions, and make sure he has a really good reason not to give them to you. Otherwise, it might end up being the best thing for this problem. I wish you luck, I cant imagine your frustration....you are just trying to help!! ~A.~
C.R. answers from Dallas on August 09, 2008
Like everyone else, I was going to suggest the syringe and then blowing in his face. Put the syringe down his cheek, as far as you can, so it isn't easy to spit out, then hold his chin up and blow in his face.
Another suggestion would be to give him the medicine in a spoonful of yogurt or ice cream. I've given medicine to little ones many times in ice cream. Remember the old Mary Poppins song, "A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!"
A.I. answers from Dallas on August 08, 2008
when you squirt it in his mouth..immediatly blow in his face hard and it is a natural instinct to swallow it ....or mix it in chocolate milk or a milkshake:)_