C.B. asks from Albuquerque, NM on November 01, 2006
How Do I Get Child to Take Medicine?
With the sudden changing weather my 3 year old son has caught a cold. He has been coughing. I have been giving him cough medicine but he fights me when I want to give it to him. I have explained to him that it will make him feel better but it doesn't help, I even try to brib him with candies or cookies. He just doesn't like the taste of the medicine.
Would appreciate any ideas. Thanks.
So What Happened?™
I tried the Triaminic strips and they worked. Now I don't have to hear any crying or have to chase him down to take his medicine.
Thanks to everyone for your responses.
C.C. answers from Denver on July 16, 2008
I know this is an old post - but don't forget that the new recommendations are that young children should not be given OTC cough/cold meds of any kind.
For cough, a humidifier and a spoonful of honey does the trick - for all ages over 1 yr old
M.H. answers from Colorado Springs on January 30, 2008
I give my son who is 4yrs old a shake with breakfast. It's full of vitamins, and if keeps him healthy. Even if he ends up getting sick, It does not effect him like the other kids. It comes in Chocolate or vanilla, so he thinks it's a treat, and I know he is getting a immune booster. :) Let me know if you want some info on it.
C.N. answers from Phoenix on January 29, 2008
I am in the same boat!
I use a) homeopathy (the dissolving white tablets are easy and fun to take) for coughs,
b) I use liquid Chinese herbal formulas for coughs which I can put in juice or I squirt with a dropper in his mouth (sometimes he resists, but I use methods such as negotiation, choices, or distraction).
Pear juice mixed with water is highly effective to combat dry cough and lungs. Pears are highly lubricating. Also a humidifier in the bedroom at night is extremely helpful.
E.D. answers from Tucson on November 02, 2006
Have you considered any "homeopathic" remedies for his cough/cold? I know there are children's teas for those symptoms. My DD loves tea, and when she is sick, I give it to her with a little honey and lemon, and leave it as warm as she can take it (to help break up the congestion). She loves the flavor, asks for it by name, and it hydrates her at the same time.
If he absolutely has to have that particular syrup, see if they make it in a dissolving tablet form. I've seen those recently, but have never tried them. Try changing flavors too. I distinctly remember HATING that icky pink bubble gum flavored stuff as a kid.
Another idea would be to watch Mary Poppins and make a big deal out of the "spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down" scene. You could sing the song, and act out the scene, and have him name the flavor his medicine will be. Then he will have that idea in his head while he takes it. Kids have great imaginations.
S.M. answers from Phoenix on December 05, 2006
Hi C., have you tried giving a couple teaspoons of ice cream, pudding, or apple sauce after the medicine?
K. answers from Denver on November 02, 2006
has the cough medicine been working? most of them don't. try getting a really fragrant onion and putting it in a shallow dish with enough water to cover the bottom of the dish. put this by his bed at night and sleep well. i know it sounds ridiculous, but we were at our wit's end and my cousin said she does it all the time. it worked. now when we hear the cough coming on we buy a couple of onions and set up a humidifier in our son's room. works like a charm.
T.L. answers from Tucson on November 02, 2006
I am not sure about getting him to take medicine, but you could put the sudafed plugin in his room near his head when he sleeps. Put vicks vapor rub behind his ear and just a dab under his nose. That way it is not on his chest with these cold mornings and he won't be so easy to catch phomonia.
I would sometimes try to mix my kids medicine with juice that had the same flavor so it was a little hard to tell. You may want to try that but don't let him see you do it.
Hope it helps. T.
A.P. answers from Tucson on November 02, 2006
C.B. answers from Albuquerque on November 02, 2006
My daughter as chronic allergies so she coughs alot, she also hates the medicaten. Johnson Vapor rubb breaks the congestion and isnt as harsh as vicks(Which I am highly allergic too). I believe it is trimanic who makes these wonderful cough patches! If your child has sentive skin, just put it on the out side of his jammy top of the pillow he sleeps on. That is what we did for my dughter!
J.L. answers from Tucson on November 02, 2006
cough medicine sucker :) there great !! i get mine at walgreens
T.R. answers from Denver on November 03, 2006
I went thru the same thing with my daughter. We have tried every trick in the book. Here are a few things that worked well for us:
1) triaminic thin strips! they dissolve on the childs tounge. i have even folded them up and shoved it inside a pices of candy or fruit snack
2) mix a liquid medicine in with some fruit juice ( you can't do this with antibotics)
If my daughter ever did need antibiotics I would tell them that she had a hard time taking oral meds. She would spit them out if we held her down & it was not effective. So the doctors would give her the shot instead. It was better in the long run.