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Does Your Child Refuse To Take Their Medicine?

As a parent, one of the worst feelings is seeing your child suffering from a high temperature, a sore tummy or simply because those molars decided to cut through both at the same time.

But while medicine can relieve the pain, the task to give your child as little as 5ml of any type of oral solution can turn your house into a battlefield.

Trying to get your child to take their medicine can be a real struggle. Children have many different ways to fight against syringes and spoons. They might close their mouth shut, so nothing goes in or out, or spit out the whole dose after you thought you'd successfully accomplished the task. The result? Nurofen and Calpol everywhere.

Many parents struggle to give their babies and toddlers oral medicine, so don't worry, you're not alone. Some of the moms from the eumom community recently shared their stories and tips on our Facebook page, in order to help other moms and dads out there going through the same situation:

 

My son loves the syrup that tastes like strawberries

 

(Megan Evans, Facebook)

Sometimes, as the young ones are not used to sweet flavours until they start the weaning process at 6 months, they might simply not like the flavour of the syrups. It’s always worth try to change flavours.

Try to swap the syringe for the measuring spoon, and vice-versa. Your child might prefer one more than another. Instead of liquid oral solutions, you can try the teething granules (sachets) or the teething gels that can help your baby with the symptoms of teething while calming them down if they are upset.

 

I wet the tip of my finger and dip it into the sachet, and after rub it onto her gums. Works a treat for my little girl.

 

(Rachel Keegan, Facebook)

One mom gave us a tip that's a little different, but we'll be sure to give it a try!

 

Humming against their cheek when they are crying from the pain can really calm them down.

 

(Carol Brophy Platt, Facebook)

A more traditional method, is to make a game out of it, as Orla Kelly explains:

 

My husband started pretending to take my little girls medicine, made a game of it and she started taking it for us

 

At the end, as the little ones grow older, their fear may disappear and they even might show some enjoyment while taking their medicine.

 

My little one hated Calpol until she was 7 months old and now squeals with delight when sees the syringe coming 

 

(Louise Fitzsimons, Facebook)

And don’t forget: always check with your GP or public nurse before administrating any type of medicine to your little one.

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About the Author

As a graduated journalist with several years of experience, I working as a press officer in the private sector and for different government agencies in Brazil. Over seven years ago, I had a career change and have been working within the childcare sector since then. Currently, I am in the process of completing my qualification in Early Childhood Education, while being a part of the eumom team.

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