Parenting comes with its own share of challenges. I learned this the hard way. Being a single parent of a three-year-old child, I was prepared for everything for her. But who knows, making them take their medication can be so frustrating.
Children are honest with the things they do, and they certainly are with the medicine as well. Just recently, my toddler got sick. I was doing everything in my power to make her feel happy – like giving kisses, extra hugs, cuddling up with her in bed, and letting her watch all her favorite videos.
The only thing which I didn’t like about myself was being forceful with the medicine. No matter what I do, she refuses to take medicine. So, I decided to look for ways to get your kids to eat their medicine correctly. After thorough research, look at what I found.
Getting Your Kids To Take Medicine: 7 Tricks To Try
Convincing your child can sometimes be a daunting task, especially when they are a toddler. Kids do not like to have medicine; this is probably because medicine does not come in flavors like oranges, strawberries, and pineapple. In fact, they may also not understand why they have to take it. This is where these tricks come into action.
1. Swallowing Gel
Perhaps the best way to ensure your kid takes medicine without any issues is by allowing them to swallow easily. If the medicine can be swallowed easily, your kid will have no problem taking the pills. One of the easiest ways to ensure easy swallowing is by taking help from swallowing gel. Swallowing gel does not affect the medicine’s impact on your body and helps you smoothly gulp the medicine.
2. Avoid Taste Buds
This is one of the old school methods used by the parents to date. We all kinda hate the taste of medicine. Hence, if we can somehow allow the kids not to taste the medicine, he/she will have no problem having it. This can be done by simply putting the medicine deep inside of the mouth.
3. Disguise The Taste
Taste is the root cause of this problem. So, if we can disguise the taste of the medicine, we might have a better chance at making the kids have their medicine. For example, you can use your kid’s favorite fruits and mix the medicine with them. This can be a fun experience for you and your kid.
4. Put On A Happy face
Kids can pick up negative tone and body language quite fast. Hence, if you can approach your kid with a happy smiling face and let them believe nothing is wrong. This will help you ease your kid’s stress over medicine time. To make this even better, you can play games, and in the process, you can feed them medicine. They will never know what happened amidst the joyous moments.
5. Give Them Choices
When kids feel sick, they tend to become more choosy and want things to happen the way they want. Giving them choices will make them believe that they are controlling the situation.
6. Play Doctor
You can play doctor games. You can become a doctor and your child along with their stuffed animal patients. You can treat them one by one and feed them medicine to show you’re treating them. But when it comes down to your kid, you can take this opportunity to feed them actual medicine, and they will never know it.
7. Tell Them Why Taking Medicine Is Necessary
If you think that your kid is too smart for all the tricks mentioned above, you can simply tell the truth. Talk to them about the benefits of the medicine and why they should eat it, and what will happen if they don’t.
Your Child Spit Out Medicine! Now What?
We all have been through that stage – the moment you put the medicine inside your kid’s mouth, they immediately spit it out or vomit a few moments later. If you face this kind of problem, it is better to ask your doctor what to do in such scenarios.
Some medications can be repeated without any issues, but other medications can be harmful. Again, talking with the doctor will help you get an idea of the best course of action.
HussaiN is a full-time professional blogger from India. He is passionate about content writing, Tech enthusiast & computer technologies. Apart from content writing on the internet, he likes reading various tech magazines and several other blogs on the internet.