H. asks from Minneapolis, MN on May 25, 2006
How to Get My 3-Year-old to Take Medicine
My little boy had a pretty high fever the other night, and we went through hell trying to get some tylenol in him. No one was happy with how it went, but we really felt like we had to do it. Does anyone have any ideas about how to make it less painful?
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A.H. answers from Minneapolis on May 30, 2006
I had that problem with both of my children when they were younger. My daughter likes when I put it in a little cup so she can drink it on her own, it make her feel like a big girl and sometimes she doesnt even realize it is medicine. With my son I layed him on the floor between my legs and put it in his mouth then blew softly in his face which makes them have to swallow, he didnt like it but there was no mess and he got all of his medicine. I would suggest trying the cup thing first, kids that age like to be independant and try to do things on their own!!!
N. answers from Minneapolis on May 31, 2006
I'm not sure if this will be much help. I have 3 cats. One of them has to take medicine on a regular basis because he's got a number of problems. Anyhow, when I have to give him a pill I put it inside a syringe, I add hot water so the pill disolves fast, I shake it a little to help it disolve, then I either wait til the water cools down or add a bit of cold water once the pill is disolved, then I give it to my cat in his mouth. It is a lot easier with a syringe once it's in liquid form. I don't think I could force him to take in a pill, it would be too hard. With the syringe it's very easy and fast. I understand you have a baby and I have a cat, but I thought I'd share this with you to see if it can help.
J.C. answers from Minneapolis on May 25, 2006
If he takes a pacifier, there's a great medicine dropper that looks like a pacifier that works well. You can also mix the Tylenol in some juice or Pedialyte if he likes that.
K. answers from Minneapolis on May 25, 2006
D.L. answers from Minneapolis on May 25, 2006
Have you tried both chewables and the liquid variety? You can get chewables for as young as 2. The other thing we have tried with chewables(these were antibiotics and we had to get them down!) was to crush them between 2 spoons and then let my son choose what he wanted it mixed up with (peanut butter, yogurt, applesauce). Perhaps just giving your son the choice of liquid or chewables at a given moment will help him to feel like he has some choice in the matter. Hope that's helpful.
M.K. answers from Duluth on May 25, 2006
Hi! Are you using liquid or tablet? I used to do liquid with my youngest dd and she would spit it all over me, so I'd have to wrestle her down and practically gag her with it to get it down. No fun! I started using orange flavored tylenol tablets and she ate them well. I've also hid liquid pain reliever in a small glass of juice, without the kid seeing it, of course. Good luck with it. I'm sure lots of moms have ideas on this.
H. answers from Minneapolis on May 25, 2006
Hi, sorry to hear that he was sick =( He may be too old for this trick, but for our 2.5 yr old, there is no such thing as "medicine" it is all "special juice", my sister even tries to mix it with a real small amount of like flavored real juice for her son(enough so they think it is just juice, but little enough you can be sure they will drink it all) anyways, I don't have a lot of real advice, since we often have to remind our son that special juice is only for special times or he would drink it constantly....
well, I hope that everyone is feeling better there, and good luck
M. answers from Minneapolis on May 25, 2006
Wow I know it is very tough to get tylenol into a young child. I have now changed to grape tylenol and our son seems to take it without a fight.I hope you son feels better.
K.H. answers from Minneapolis on May 28, 2006