K.B. asks from Oregon City, OR on March 12, 2009
What Can I Hide Medication In?
My 2yr old son was perscribed a very strong antibotic. He is really good about taking meds...but this one he refuses. I had to pin him down, but he still spit it out, and was very upset. I don't want to make his situation worse, or hurt his feelings. He has pneumonia, so I am trying to make him as comfortable as possible.
I did try putting it into ice-cream, and he kindove notices, so he will only take one bite. Any suggestions would be helpful, as I do not have the choice of not giving him the antibotic. :(
thank you mama's
J.C. answers from Anchorage on March 16, 2009
Instead of putting it in the ice cream, let him have the ice cream to wash the flavor out of his mouth, or what ever his favorite sweet is.
N.W. answers from Eugene on March 13, 2009
applesauce covered with a smattering of chocolate chips and whipped cream. Or applesauce with a face floating on top made up of banana slices (eyes) banana end (nose) and raisins for a smile. The sweet stuff hides most of the bitter taste.
W.J. answers from Seattle on March 13, 2009
When my son had problems taking medicine, I felt like I'd tried everything. We went to stay with my mom, and she got him to take it using frosting. I think it's sugary enough to really cut through the bad aftertaste some medicines have. He would take about 1/3 of the medicine, then eat some frosting off of a spoon, then sip some water--repeat.
Hope you find something that works!
K.K. answers from Seattle on March 13, 2009
If it's more of a control issue with a liquid med (he doesn't want you putting a spoon or syringe in his mouth) - we have used the little measuring tubes that the pharmacy gives you for free. I will let my little ones hold it and drink it - yes, even the two-year-old. I think at this age, they want to control a bit of what happens in their life, and so allowing him to have the tube to drink on his own is good, as long as he is not flinging it around and drinks it all.
We also have a pharmacy now that doesn't add flavor to the med. If I know it's a liquid kid med, I go to Walmart, where they will even ask the kid what kind of flavor to add! Makes it easier if they feel some control that way as well.
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J.W. answers from Portland on March 13, 2009
How about chocolate flavored Pediasure? I used this trick just this week...
L.S. answers from Seattle on March 13, 2009
I have a two year old that sometimes refuses to do things. If I were you I would bribe him to take it. Is there something he loves to do, watch or eat? My son decided that he didn't want to brush his teeth anymore. Now after he brushes his teeth he gets a "treat". The treat is really a mint that is good for your teeth but he doesn't know that.
M.L. answers from Anchorage on March 13, 2009
I was in the same boat u are with my 2 yr old a couple weeks ago.We put it in her juice.She was having to take something like 3ml twice a day and because she was still drinking juice we split the dosage down to 1ml per cup of juice (about 8 oz) and if she still needed more then one dose by bedtime then we would just put whatever she still needed in her milk.She became very needy for that cup at bedtime again while she was sick even tho she hasn't wanted it for bed in nearly a year except for on rare occasions when she asks for a little water.But being so sick I just went with it to make life smoother for us.Even the Dr in the ER put her first dose in juice for her cuz she didn't want her leaving without any in her system since we ended up in there at 10pm and all pharmacys are closed.
Good luck mama and I hope ur lil guy is feeling like himself soon.
A.B. answers from Portland on March 13, 2009
Can it be smashed? How about peanut butter or brown sugar?
W.C. answers from Seattle on March 13, 2009
Put it in his juice. Make it really sweet this time only.
P.J. answers from Seattle on March 13, 2009
We went through a couple of years of ear infections for both of our girls. So, some of the hidden foods were: applesauce, chocolate pudding, yogurt and juice... but the BIG WINNER... was the chocolate syrup!! lol Yes, I know, but they had a chewable tab and they hated it, so I crushed it on a spoon and put about a tsp of choch sauce over, mixed with a tooth pick and they ate it up w/out complaints! The yogurt definitely seemed 2nd best, they loved the strawberry/banana yoplait. :) If it's a true problem, I would suggest asking for a chewable tablet and you could crush it (between 2 spoons) and mix it in pudding/apple sauce. Also, you can request (at Walgreens) to have a flavor added to the medicine if you do it before they make it. Ours usually liked the grape or cherry flavor. Eventually, they got used to it, due to the high exposures, and I would offer a lolly pop if they took it! :) lol Had to do whatever worked. Good luck!
J.P. answers from Portland on March 13, 2009
my 2 year old son did the same thing. double ear infection and ran away from the medication every time! spit it out, slapped it out of my hand - it was horrible. I tried everything and that stuff was SO terrible (amoxicillin) that you could definitely taste it in everything. Finally, we tried raspberry yogurt. He ate that! It had a strong enough flavor to MOSTLY disguise the medicine, was still pink so he thought nothing of the color and it worked for about 5 days before he just got sick of yogurt twice a day! Good luck!