For future illnesses, it's worth talking to your child's doctor about alternative methods for giving him medication depending on what he needs.
Some antibiotics come in an injectable form (such as Ceftriaxone
which can treat an ear infection
with 3 shots over 3 days). You'll have to discuss with your child's doctor over whether this is a possibility in their clinic.
Other antibiotics are notoriously awful tasting (penicillin
) and trying to go for the better tasting ones (amoxicillin
) can help as long as the good tasting ones are appropriate for treatment of the illness.
You can also discuss techniques for medication-taking with the nurses in you child's doctor office. Many of them are masters at getting children
to take medicines and may be able to give you some tips of demonstrate techniques.
Finally, you may be able to find a pharmacy that flavors medications on an individual basis and can find a flavor the child likes. Or your child's doctor may be able to prescribe a pill form that can be crushed and hidden in pudding or yogurt. Some children find this to be much less objectionable than the liquid form.
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