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    Jace has liked the taste of most medicines so I have never had a fight.. But when it comes too certain ABX's, like amoxicillin, he says it tastes horrible. I just explain to him that it's really quick and it's better to take it than to throw up or be sick. I also make sure I have a chaser ready, like juice, and he's good to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommytoMR.FACE View Post
    Jace has liked the taste of most medicines so I have never had a fight.. But when it comes too certain ABX's, like amoxicillin, he says it tastes horrible. I just explain to him that it's really quick and it's better to take it than to throw up or be sick. I also make sure I have a chaser ready, like juice, and he's good to go.
    Sadly that does nothing for us. We explained it, we cajoled, we offered juice or Gatorade or candy, it's still a ridiculous ordeal. Then we end up wanting to kill them, lol.
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    I have nothing...with dd1's language issues we can't always do the typical thing and if it is not a chewable then we do kind of have to force her to take it. I do bring a chaser such as juice or a popscicle as a motivator.

    Youngest loves medication so it hasn't been a problem for us with her yet.

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    Maybe try a medicine dropper/syringe? We used to do that when the boys were littler. They were big enough to drink it on their own, but it was big drama to get it done. So, we finally just said, "Alright, here's how it's going to be." We filled the dropper, put it in and squeezed quickly. It got it over really quickly and we were less irritated with them. Maybe it got the bulk of the medicine past their taste buds, so it didn't seem so bad? Of course, we could be a little more forcible then because they were littler, but maybe this could still work for you. Maybe explaining that you want to try something different, that maybe this will help it skip right over the taste buds so they won't be able to taste it as much?

    I know I couldn't stomach liquid medicine when I was a kid. It was a huge ordeal then, and I still can't stand the stuff! I am very sensitive to taste and could always taste the medicine when it was in something else and then I had to go through drinking/eating the whole thing in order to get all the medicine. If they're anything like me with the taste, mixing probably doesn't really hide the taste for them.
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    Also, could you get a kid-sized tablet/capsule? One time we had to give my son Benadryl when he was barely 5 and we only had capsules. We checked with the doc and he said to go ahead if we thought he could get it down. If I remember correctly, we had him take a big mouthful of water, squeezed the pill between his lips, and he just gulped the whole mouthful down. Easiest dosing we've ever done!
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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    Sadly that does nothing for us. We explained it, we cajoled, we offered juice or Gatorade or candy, it's still a ridiculous ordeal. Then we end up wanting to kill them, lol.
    Have you tried putting it in one of your amazing treats you bake? LOL!

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    We did two things.
    One, kool-aid tropical punch. It will mask the flavor of anything on the planet. I blame my knowing that on me being an 80's child. It will also dye your hair, which is kind of scary lol
    Two, flavored applesauce.

    My daughter STILL does this to me. Even with pills. It drives me INSANE. She's freaking 13. I hope yours grow out of it quickly!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by b525 View Post
    Also, could you get a kid-sized tablet/capsule? One time we had to give my son Benadryl when he was barely 5 and we only had capsules. We checked with the doc and he said to go ahead if we thought he could get it down. If I remember correctly, we had him take a big mouthful of water, squeezed the pill between his lips, and he just gulped the whole mouthful down. Easiest dosing we've ever done!
    How do you get your kids to learn to swallow pills? Over Thanksgiving I needed to give DD (7) a pill form medicine, and I could not get it across how to swallow it. I ended up mashing it up and putting it in oatmeal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    How do you get your kids to learn to swallow pills? Over Thanksgiving I needed to give DD (7) a pill form medicine, and I could not get it across how to swallow it. I ended up mashing it up and putting it in oatmeal.

    Put it in applesauce. We did that with both our kids till they got used to swallowing pills with just water.



    On topic: Agree with the medicine dropper.

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    I second the applesauce for learning to swallow pills. Madi started swallowing pills before she was 2 and the applesauce did the trick in the beginning. My kids aren't fans of liquid medicine so I always ask for pill form if available.

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