Falling sick requires that one takes medicine no matter how bitter they are. Well, taking medicinal products for toddlers is not a walk in the park and the falling sick of a child even with the slightest cough worries every parent. Most children defy taking medication, but a parent must use every tactic including giving them hugs and kisses. However, there are other strategies to apply especially to the hot-tempered to make sure the medicine goes down. They include: –
Embrace a happy face
At the mention of a taking prescription, most children frown. However, you can eradicate the frowning by adopting a happy face and talk about “its medicine time” in a jovial mood. Introduce some playful mood, act positively and before you realize, the child is up to the task of swallowing the medication.
Camouflage the Taste by adding some flavor.
The medically approved flavorings could give you a big deal in combating the bitter taste and smell of liquid medicines. Flavors such as chocolate, root beer, and watermelon on liquid meds maybe the answer to convincing your child to take medicine.
Bow out from the control of taking the medication.
Let your child take control of when she’s going to take it and the flavors they prefer. A sense of empowerment could just do the trick and make it easy for you.
A slight inducement could go a long way.
You can bet with a child for a particular price if she cooperates in taking her medicine.
Do away with the taste buds.
More often than not, kids will spit out bitter-tasting meds. However, the way you deliver the medication is of importance. And at this point, the use of syringes and droppers come in handy even when the child is old enough to drink out of a cup. You can choose to glide the syringe or dropper through to the cheek, at the back of the mouth and slowly squeezing it down the throat.
And by the way taking the right aim with taste buds is also important. Concentrate them on the front and center of the tongue.
Be truthful with your child.
Don’t tell your child what is not right about the medicine something that many parents do. Explaining real taste of the drug makes them feel better and can give you all the trust. Don’t lie to them that medicine is candy whereas it’s not because you pose to them a risk of overdosing in the name of the candy.
Give it to pieces if it is in tablet form.
It is an easier trick. Spread out the taking of medicines over several minutes instead of having them take it at once. Smaller amounts make it simpler to swallow though most children feel like this strategy will be too long for them.
Don’t apologize for making your children take medication that they detest.
You could feel sorry that your child is struggling with a bitter taste of the medicine. Don’t react negatively because if you pull your face while administering the medication, it signals to the child that they are doing an unpleasant thing hence become troublesome to swallow.
Use the hiding technology.
Some kids are generally difficult despite the taste. They are just rebellious. However, this should not bother you because you can choose to sneak the food into the children’s food but only with authorization from the doctor.
While it is tough to deal with the kids, it can also be very easy but of course, if you treat them right. Remember they also have their rights that must be respected. Involve the pediatrician more often because they are in a better position to advise on the best moves to make when the child becomes rebellious.
Note: Not all over the counter medications are safe. Hence, it is strongly recommended that you seek the pediatricians before you administer any medication on children.