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how to get a 3 year old to take his medicine

james has been prescribed pennecillin for a chest/throat infection.

it smells like bananas!!

he wont take it by the spoon...iv mixed it with juice,milk bribed him with his favourite tv programme,a trip to the park wen hes better,chocolate...but no...he hates the smell wont even let me near him with the bottle!!!

he has to finish the course...but how do i make him start it???

iv even had his brothers pretendin to take some!!


Asked by sharon35862 at 6:27 PM on Nov. 16, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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Answers (13)
  • Talk to your doctor or their nurse. Tell them what is happening. Maybe they can get you a different medication. Chewables? Another suggestion might be next time getting an injection. It is once and its done. I had a child that refused the medication and we did that. Not as a punishment, but we just couldn't get them to take the medicine. After that we never had the issue again. Some medications are thick and grainy, it makes them gag. Why do they give kids stuff like that anyway?

    Answer by Lifes-A-Dance at 10:24 AM on Nov. 17, 2009

  • If you've tried all that it sounds like back to the pharmacy.... a new flavor or else a shot of flavor goo in it of his choosing


    Answer by hibbingmom at 6:28 PM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • if you're OK w/ being sneaky.... has he had dinner yet? put it in something you know he'll gobble up, like pudding, yogurt, or applesauce. or in his beverage....?

    Answer by hibbingmom at 6:29 PM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • iv tried the food/juice thing but he ca smell it and apparently hates the colour (yellow)

    Answer by sharon35862 at 6:31 PM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • You could also give it to him with those plastic syringes that you used to use when he was a baby.

    Answer by twinclubmom at 6:32 PM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • did that he just spat it straight back out!!!

    Answer by sharon35862 at 6:34 PM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • Plastic syrigine in the back of his mouth (cheek) and hold his mouth closed. It will force him to swallow.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 6:39 PM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • he screams at the top of his voice iv even tried sneakin up on him and doing it wen hes watching tv hoping he wont notice but works himself up into such a distressed state!!
    hes never had to take anything before,its his first illness

    Answer by sharon35862 at 6:42 PM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down.... in a most delightful way!

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:43 PM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • Swaddle him in a sheet like you would a newborn baby hold his head back and squirt it in the back of his mouth with a syringe (Do only a small amount at a time..) hold his mouth and nose closed... He has to swallow, don't let go until he does that way he can't spit it at you. I've had to do this to my son right many times and it always works.

    Answer by AngeLnChainZ at 7:14 PM on Nov. 16, 2009