“She must get the WHOLE DOSE.” Pediatrician says. “If she spits out half, get another half dose in her.”
If only my toddler could resist infection the way she resists medicine.
I don’t blame my girl. What happened to the Bubble Gum Medicine of my childhood??? This new stuff smells and tastes terrible.
Alice is on Day 8 of a 10-day cycle of antibiotics. Day 1 she threw up the meds, Day 2 we switched to new antibiotics, Day 3 she mastered the spit.
The trouble with a 16-month-old is that you can’t bribe her to take her medicine.
I tried everything. Tiny squirts of medicine, aiming for the back of the throat or the side of her cheek…I plugged her nose so she’d have to swallow to breathe–didn’t work, she’d spit it out to breathe. I tried blowing in her face while administering the medicine–no effect.
I scooped the antibiotics back into her mouth. She screamed and spit and fought.
So how do you get a toddler who doesn’t understand reason or bribery to take her medicine?
Ice cream soup. Mix the medicine in with melted chocolate ice cream and put it in the syringe.
The fight was over. Alice is no longer spitting and crying–she’s pretty happy about medicine now (just as good as Bubblegum Medicine!) and she’s getting the proper dose.
My successful recipe is 1 tablespoon of chocolate ice cream to 1 teaspoon antibiotics.**Ask your doctor first–our antibiotics were compatible with dairy but not all medications are.
That’s my “parent hack” for sick toddlers…what’s yours?