Help!!!! How Do I Get a 2 Year Old to Take Augmentin?

Updated on June 02, 2007
J.C. asks from Madison, WI
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I have a two year old that will not take her Augmentin. And frankly I don't blame her, it takes like bitter chalk. The pharmacist said it was flavored, with what I don't know?! We could mix it in the things she likes, apple sauce, yogurt etc. But she doesn't always finish those things and we wont know if she's had the whole dose. Or worse she will not eat her favorites anymore.

Any suggestions?!!!!! She's miserable with an ear and sinus infection so we need to not give up on this.

Thank you for your help.
J. C.

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So What Happened?

Thank you to those who responded. We switched to Omnicef. She has had this in the past and took it quite well. Now we just need to have her trust us again when we give it to her. At this point we can't get her to even eat. It's nice to know we weren't crazy with having trouble getting her to take Augmentin. We begged the pediatrician on call to Rx this from the get go and they wouldn't. We are considering switching to a new practice.

Thank you again.
J. C

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answers from Minneapolis on

You can try mixing it with Ice Cream sometimes that will make the medicine taste better. I hope this helps. C.

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answers from Wausau on

Your doc may geive you something else, but maybe not. Because of antibiotic resistance you really do not want them too. The others mentioned in these posts should be saved for if amoxicillin or augmentin (supercharged amoxicillin) do not work or make her ill. And they course should always be finished or you are leaving behind microbes that get stronger.

MRSA is becoming much more common in the general public.

To be blunt, this is just one of those battles you need to pick. Get her to take it. I was fortunate and my daughter takes the nastiest medicine no prob. I have a friend though who is not so lucky...she sits over him and will slide her finger down the side of his cheek and teeth until it touches further back kinda where the jaw hinges...they then have to swallow when the medicine is placed in. Pleasant? No. Does it make it over with in the time it takes to swallow? Yes. It's a lot more pleasant than risking resistance or a worsening infection. This technique is outlined at the end of this PDF...if nothing else works.
There's always hugs kisses and a good explanation why its so important to take it. Teach your child that mommy knows whats best and will take care of her and make her better no matter what.

Don't forget to restock those good gut bacteria during and as long as you can after. Good yogurt or even acidophilous capsules. Some you can twist open and pour powder onto and mix into just about anything. This is so important!! I do not know why docs do not stress this. If you get a good pharmacist he/she will tell you.



answers from Minneapolis on

I hear you. Our daughter struggled with the same issues to Augmentin. She would even get so upset that she would throw up. Our Dr. insisted that this was the best possible solution for her and suggested that we hold her down, shoot the medicine in and then plug her nose. I know that it sounds cruel, but it did work. (NOT one of my fondest parenting moments) We tried to hide it in applesauce and chocolate pudding. To this day, she will not touch either. Good luck-H.



answers from Green Bay on

HI J.!!

EEWWWW I remember that med and remember it well!!! Tried the same thing with my daughter when she had her first time Chronic ear and sinus infection.! I called her Ped and asked if there was something else... No, there isn't! However she did tell me to head right back to the pharmacy and ask them to put flavoring in it. It's suppose to be flavored with Bananas.. I agree, it's the grossest med you could ever expect a little one to take.! I asked them to put either Cherry or Strawberry in it and it did help do the trick.... My Ped also told me to try to add either a little sugar or a little splenda to her dosage when giving it to her to see if it'd help. It was still rough, however at least she took it a little bit better and by it's self!!

Hope it helps you out a little!



answers from Minneapolis on

I found that with augmentin it was easiest to put it into something small that will be finished. Ie a glass of strawbeery quick hides the chalky taste well and if you only give her a sip to start u know its all been taken. She can have more quick if she really likes it. I mixed it for my daughter b4hand and gave it to her that way as the medicine. Because she liked it it wasn't difficult to get her to take it even tho it was more than a dropperful.



answers from Minneapolis on

good morning J., in my experience my son could not take augmentin it would make him sick (upset stomach). i had to request a med. that was clear pink med. and he only had to take once a day. sorry i forgot the name.



answers from Minneapolis on

I always use chocolate pudding with my kids. It's strong enough that it covers it up and I know they'll eat it all. Butterscotch is also a good choice.



answers from Sheboygan on

I have been told that Dr. Pepper will hide the taste of any medication. only use a small amount to mix it with the liquid or crushed medication. your child will think they are getting a real trick. I have to do this for my 11 year old to take some cough medications



answers from Minneapolis on

I hate augmentin too; my kids hate to take medicine, but that wasn't the problem. It gave my 1-year-old such diarrhea that if he hadn't been nursing, he wouldn't have been getting any nutrition at all. In that case, we did ask the dr. and finally quit the meds. I'm now terrified of that stuff, so do keep an eye out for stomach upset.

Personally, I'm not in favor of switching antibiotics because your kids won't take it. I think that's a bad precedent, in addition to concerns about antibiotic resistance and other things. We've used chocolate pudding, which always got my now-3-year-old to take his medicine. What we do with him now is use pop. He gets a couple of ounces of 7-Up or something with the medicine in it. It masks the taste reasonably well, and he likes getting pop as a treat, especially when he's sick. Whatever you use, use as little of it as possible. I learned that when I tried to get him to eat a whole pudding cup just because I'd put his medicine in it! He can always get a little more of whatever it is, after he's finished the stuff with the medicine. Good luck!



answers from Minneapolis on

Ask your Doctor for something else! Last summer we struggled, threatened and bribed our 3 year old to take every dose. It was horrible as she wailed, sobbed, screamed and pleaded to not take it. We will never fill a prescription for this again! The doctor's office will have alternatives that will fit the infection for your child. Good Luck!



answers from Minneapolis on

Ask DR for Omnicef instead,it is pink and strawberry flavored,if DR gives you samples you can also leave it in the powder form and make strawberry apple sauce.It is taken once a dya too. We did that when our son was 2 and got a lot of ear infections. A lot of the chalky medicines that were sulphur based made him throw up. Omnicef was the first antibiotic that didn't. We also at that age sometimes just had him get the shot of Roceffin(sp?) antibiotics. He himself sometimes asked for the shot as it meant not dealing with meds every day. Even to this day and he is almost 9 he struggles with most antibiotics except Omnicef.



answers from Madison on

Augmentin is a very hard one to get any kid to take. It does taste horrible. I would call the md and ask for something else. We get Zithromax now, its a shorter course but works just as long. (and it tastes better)

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