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    Default OT -- getting my kids to take medicine

    With all these smart moms here, I figured you might have some tips.

    My kids are sick, they need to take liquid Motrin or Benadryl or the various things the doctor couldn't provide in chewable dosages. But they hem and haw and sip and take 500 hours to do it and it drives us batty! We've tried logic regarding how long it takes to drink it and how much worse it is when you sip at it, we've tried chasers (drinks, candy, whatever), but they turn it into an incredibly frustrating ordeal. Juliet is 5, Nathaniel is 9, and they BOTH do it.

    Any suggestions? We've tried it on a spoon, in a cup, with a fox, in a box, in the rain with a train, etc.
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    Have you tried mixing it with a small amount of something they like such as oatmeal? Good old fashion bribery?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    Have you tried mixing it with a small amount of something they like such as oatmeal? Good old fashion bribery?
    Yep....no luck with candy even.
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    Is it the taste they don't like? Tell them to try holding their nose while they drink it back in one go, it seems to work on me because usually those things smell vile as well. No idea on any other tactics, so far my 2yo DS loves taking medicine, but he is a strange one. He gets excited about it.

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    Can you ask the pharmacy to flavour it?

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    It's the flavored medicine they hate. Sigh...
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    Last idea. Can you sneak in into something with a strong flavour like orange juice without them knowing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    Last idea. Can you sneak in into something with a strong flavour like orange juice without them knowing?
    Worth a try!
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    I've had to be stern before (when bribery doesn't work). Like, "You have to take this, the doctor said so, there are no other options. Now go!" My girls quit fighting me when it gets to that point. If I throw the doctor's name in there (or threaten to take them back if they don't drink it so they can get better) they usually become cooperative at that point. But bribery is always my first choice. I'm certainly not above dishing out a dollar a dose, lol.

    And sorry your kids are sick!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alana*sMommy View Post
    I've had to be stern before (when bribery doesn't work). Like, "You have to take this, the doctor said so, there are no other options. Now go!" My girls quit fighting me when it gets to that point. If I throw the doctor's name in there (or threaten to take them back if they don't drink it so they can get better) they usually become cooperative at that point. But bribery is always my first choice. I'm certainly not above dishing out a dollar a dose, lol.

    And sorry your kids are sick!
    Thanks.

    We've tried stern, we've tried everything to do with talking them into it. Juliet's better about it than Nathaniel is!

    I just put her to bed, poor feverish thing, and now he's taking a hot steamy shower. He's doing okay but I feel so bad for my little girl! Fever, cough, she even had a little nosebleed today. All she wants to do is curl up next to me and flop.
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