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April 26, 2011

When my two year old daughter was sick with an ear infection, her doctor prescribed oral medication that she hated the taste of and gave me a real hard time when getting her to take it. So, I measured her medicine to the dosage she needed and froze it in the freezer. I scooped it out on a spoon and she took it with no problem.

By Marisa from Ridge Wood, NY

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April 26, 2011

How can I administer bad tasting medicine to my toddler? Any tricks?

By cindy choate from IN


How Do I Get My Toddler to Take Medicine?

My mother always mixed it in with a bit of juice. She would also have us drink the medicine and then let us have a glass of juice afterwards. This works if the medicine in a liquid. If it is a tablet or capsule be sure to check that the medicine is safe to crush up. Some tabs or capsules are time released and crushing them up may do more harm then good. (07/01/2010)

By abrupt_silence

How Do I Get My Toddler to Take Medicine?

Our doctors recommended mixing medicine or any kind of liquid pain reliever for kids in juice, when having problems to get them to take it. My parents always gave us honey with the tablet or pill. So that when I swallowed the honey the pill would go with it. Depending on the flavor of the medicine I've also heard of people putting it in applesauce. Hope this helps. Been there, it's tough! (07/01/2010)


By Jennifer

How Do I Get My Toddler to Take Medicine?

I'm ashamed to admit that I used bribery. If my son downed his foul tasting medicine, I had a stash of chocolate coins in the freezer and I'd give him one. He only got the special coins if he had to take medicine. (07/02/2010)

By Leslie

How Do I Get My Toddler to Take Medicine?

Our pharmacist told us that mixing the medicine with juice does not change the strength of the medicine at all, so go ahead and add it to their favorite drink (07/02/2010)


How Do I Get My Toddler to Take Medicine?

Our pediatrician told us to mix it in Pepsi. Worked like a charm. You can also have Walgreen's add different kinds of flavors for a couple of dollars. (07/03/2010)

By Mary McDole

How Do I Get My Toddler to Take Medicine?

Depends on how bad it tastes. Have you tried it? Does it just taste bad, or does it also leave a bad aftertaste? When my son was 2, he had to take prednisone as part of his cancer treatment, man, that is nasty stuff and leaves a horrible aftertaste that doesn't go away(I tasted it with the tip of my tongue)! The only way I found to give it to him was to crush it and mix it with a spoon of chocolate syrup which hides the initial bad taste, followed by a fast couple of swallows of pepsi (or other strong soda), which helped neutralize the aftertaste. I absolutely hated giving my toddler soda, but he had to have the prednisone. (07/03/2010)


By Judy = Oklahoma

How Do I Get My Toddler to Take Medicine?

My son would projectile vomit any liquid medication, so from a very early age we taught him how to swallow medication in a tablet/capsule form. When he was still really little we used a tiny syringe which we obtained from the pharmacy, cradled him and squished it into the side of his mouth. This bypassed some taste buds and he often swallowed it before even realising! When a bit older, but still prenegotiation age, we too, used the bribery trick, using very small chewy sweets, instead of another fluid. Two sweeties generate a lot of taste-masking saliva and were always seen as a treat. (07/15/2010)

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