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How can I get my 18 month old to take medicine?

Posted by on Feb. 26, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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She use to take it so good but not anymore. She has a fever right now and I cannot get her to take it. I have tried everything, even putting it in her juice. Suggestions??????

by on Feb. 26, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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mmccrea
by Bronze Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Is it liquid or what?  Pills I crushed into sorbet.  For liquid, if necessary, I would hold open their mouth and pour it down the far back of their throat, and hold their mouth closed for a few seconds to make sure they swallow.  

Mommy2justone
by Mommy2justtwo on Feb. 26, 2013 at 2:38 PM

If her fever isn't high, I would forgo the meds. They actually help fight whatever is going on in her body and treating the fever instead of the symptoms can counteract the bodies natural immunity responses. 
I would try a cool cloth on the back of her neck, maybe a lukewarm bath with some toys.
Good luck, I hope she feels better soon. 

saysmom
by Bronze Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 2:38 PM


She's only 18 months, liquids

Quoting mmccrea:

Is it liquid or what?  Pills I crushed into sorbet.  For liquid, if necessary, I would hold open their mouth and pour it down the far back of their throat, and hold their mouth closed for a few seconds to make sure they swallow.  



stepconfused182
by Kelley on Feb. 26, 2013 at 2:46 PM

 I'm assuming you've tried a dropper, cup and spoon? Have you tried mixing it with some yogurt or icecream? (assuming she likes those :) What's her temp? 

Megan11587
by Bronze Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 2:47 PM
Try giving her a cup of pudding or something similar and hiding it in there.
Mommynwife26
by Brianna on Feb. 26, 2013 at 2:50 PM
Take a dropper, hold open her mouth put it as far bacl as you can without choking her and squirt it gently then hold gently blow in her face which will make a reaction to swollow. My oldest dd had super high temps and nacl to back ear infections from 16mths till past 2. I had to do it almost everytime to get her to take meds. It doesn't sound nice and it seems harsh but it works. And it hurts you more than her.
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