What do you do if your kid refuses to take medicine? Convincing children to take meds can be challenging, but there are many solutions to make it easier for them, according to Australian specialists.
As many parents and caregivers are well aware, it may be difficult to administer pills to children. In Australian Prescriber, pharmacist Lucinda Smith and her colleagues from the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide talk about the topic.
What are some tricks and tips you can try?
Smith says, there are many reasons why a child might refuse a medicine.
“It can be fear, taste, shyness, or they simply don’t like it.”
“Choose a medicine that’s right for your child. How old are they? Can they swallow? Is the product easy to give? Ask your child what form and flavour they prefer,” she says.
“You can improve the bad taste of a medicine by mixing it with juice or cordial,” says Smith.
“Keep in mind what your child likes. They might not like the same flavours as you.
“When giving liquids, aim for the back of the mouth against the cheek. Avoid the tongue. This will lessen the aftertaste. Having your child’s favourite drink ready to follow the medicine can also help.
“Some kids might not like the feel of a medicine. You can reduce the thickness of a liquid by mixing it with water or a flavoured drink.
“You can remove the gritty feeling of crushed tablets by mixing them with something thick. Jelly, custard or spreads can help,” she says.
Smith says there is no single correct method of giving medicines to a child.
“You may need to try many ways before you find one that works,” she adds.
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