With the flu season in full effect, everyone and their mothers are getting sick (literally) and it is one of the worst things that us parents have to deal with.
3 out of my 4 children have gotten hit with the bug and it came with one thing I can not stand. Fevers.
Even with asthma and eczema being other nightmares, fevers are by far the scariest and last thing I want to deal with.
Along with those unwanted illnesses, comes the meds and getting your kids to take them which I’m sure can be a hassle to a lot of you as well.
I have had my kids take them with ease and then there are those days or even just select kids that don’t take it that easily and that’s when things become complicated.
So how do you deal with it?
Here are some of the “tricks” that I use to get my kids to take their meds and I’m sure at least on of them will help you too.
1.) Don’t Make Meds a Bad Thing
Medication these days have definitely evolved and not all of them taste as bad as they did when we were kids.
When giving your kids their meds, make it something exciting and not some type of chore as I’m sure they will not want to take it.
Most parents start off with things on the wrong foot and think that they have to hold down your child just so they can take their meds.
That is probably your last resort but try using any of these first tips and you might have that much more of an easier time.
Treat their meds like you would a regular box of juice rather than “come here _____, it’s time to take your medicine” and that might be all you need to do.
2.) Let Them Take it Themselves
No one wants to be forced to do anything and kids are the kings of anti-anything when they are told they have to do something.
Tell them to go to sleep and they won’t.
Tell them to clean their room and you’ll get the opposite.
Tell them to take their meds and of course they won’t take that either.
Let them explore things and let them hold the cup, if they are old enough.
If you have a syringe like what comes with some medications, then that’s better for you and also leads into our next tip.
3.) Use a Syringe
If your meds don’t come with one, I highly recommend you get one as they are very inexpensive and will help you a lot for probably all the baby years.
Giving your kids meds through a syringe can be done in two different ways.
One, you can show them that it is a fun little thing to play with and use some juice or water to start with and then add the meds when they are comfortable with it.
Of course monitor them and make sure they don’t go squirting it on the floor or something.
Two, you can just squirt it right in their mouth.
Some kids will actually just take it and swallow it but be careful as some will do the opposite.
Don’t go squirting everything at once either as you can tell what the outcome will be if they can’t hold everything in their mouth.
4.) Mix it With Their Beverage
This was one tactic I tried and I did have some kind of success with it but it did require some thought.
You need to ensure that they take ALL of their meds, so finding that right mix along with having them drink it all can be a challenge.
Mix it too little or with the wrong juice and you can have it tasting nasty, causing them to do the one thing we don’t want them to do and that’s not drink it.
Then it becomes a big waste and I don’t think we have time for any of that.
This is one thing that needs to be done very carefully and you don’t want to leave more work than when you started with in the first place.
5.) Force Feed
This is one method most of us resort to but I like to use it last.
The best part about doing this is that they get everything, if they just swallow.
Now if they don’t swallow, we’re going to have some problems.
I have had my son hold it in his mouth and spit every single drop out and not only did he not take it and waste it but we now had a big mess everywhere.
What I did do was kind of squeeze his cheeks together (not too hard though) and then I blew in his mouth causing him to swallow.
Then came the crying but that will stop.
We did have out goal accomplished and we can work on getting baby to getting better.
Everything here is done differently as there are different factors in every situation with the age being a key player.
Babies are a lot easier than toddlers as they do what their bodies naturally do rather than having a picky child that knows what they like and don’t like.
Try to reason with your kids, make it fun and they will make life a lot easier compared to being forced to take their meds.
This is what has worked for me and it might not work with all but I hope it does help.
What are your tricks to giving your kids their meds?
We’d like to hear what you do to accomplish this one simple, yet complicated goal.