How to get DS to take medication!?

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How to get DS to take medication!?

Hey ladies

Ever since Simon was sick, he has now learned that he can spit out his medication! And he needs it because he still has reflux and I think part of his bad sleeping is because he is not getting enough.

How do I make him swallow it?!?!?!?

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they sure don't make it easy do they? i took erin's advice in giving it to him in my arms and then getting him to sit up once i shot it in. That worked for awhile until he figured out what i was doing;) i didn't have a big problem with him swallowing, i had issues actually getting it in.

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Hmmmmm.....Delaney is taking her Amoxicillin no problem. I just put the syringe in her mouth and she kinda sucks on it while I push it to give her more.

Do you give him anything in a bottle? You could mix it with his breastmilk/formula.

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I also did the syringe. When he was taking his reflux meds half a pill would desolve in water then i would let him "hold" it and i would push.

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I'm giving my DD reflux meds with a syringe. I give it to her while she's laying back and I angle it into her cheek. She really can't spit it out then. If I don't do it right, she will push some out. I guess I haven't been thankful enough that she really doesn't fight it.

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Hmmm I'll have to try angling it into his cheek. He does fight the syringe, but the harder part is him spitting it out!!! I've had the most luck putting in the tiniest amount at a time. He just hates the taste I think because he takes his grape flavoured Tylenol pretty well.
ERG! It`s like being sick made him figure out he could spit it out because before he would just make a horrible face but still swallow it.
I`ve tried mixing it with food or milk, but I guess it tastes that bad because he will refuse whatever I mix it with, even if it`s something he normally likes.

Thanks for the suggestions!

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when dh was around, i also had him distract lucas so that when he smiled i squirted it in lol. putting it in the bottle didn't work for me either he just kept pushing it away:(

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You could try it when he is sleeping?

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Administering medication has been the biggest struggle with Teagan and I've only had to do it a handful of times. I haven't had to do it in months and she STILL won't let me put my fingers in her mouth! Angling it into the cheek helped. Distraction helped a little. Sitting her up after each squirt helped a lot. I could only do about 1/8-1/4 of a mL each squirt. It took forever. I couldn't imagine having to do it every day. Could you get your pharmacy to give it to you in a more concentrated form or to flavor it? I know some pharmacies will let you select the flavor.

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I was going to also suggest what Erin said....see if they can add some grape flavor to it. Smile

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We have a medicine dispensing dummy (mine is like this one http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/MEDICINE-DISPENSER-NURSER-PACIFIER-BABY-JUICE-YELLOW-/290435260355?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item439f4a5fc3, but while searching I found some with a plunger) which as baby sucks it puts out the medicine like a bottle I guess. I haven't used it for medicine yet (I always forget it's there) but used to use it with breastmilk on car trips for Ronin.

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I've unfortunately had lots of experience with this these past few months, not so much with Owen, but with my big grizzly bear of a two year old! If you are having a hard time, follow these steps for a guaranteed result!

-Swaddle your baby to calm him and to keep those arms under control (YES, I did this with my 2 yo)
-Lay baby on your lap similar to nurse hold
-Put syringe in, aim medication toward back of cheek
-HOOK your finger into the cheek as soon as the medication is in. Sounds mean, but it just makes it really tough for them to spit out the meds if they can't purse their lips.

I would rather do this systematic approach and know it all got in there than mess around over and over again...medication is no fun and I don't want to do it more than I have to!

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"misskaci" wrote:

I've unfortunately had lots of experience with this these past few months, not so much with Owen, but with my big grizzly bear of a two year old! If you are having a hard time, follow these steps for a guaranteed result!

-Swaddle your baby to calm him and to keep those arms under control (YES, I did this with my 2 yo)
-Lay baby on your lap similar to nurse hold
-Put syringe in, aim medication toward back of cheek
-HOOK your finger into the cheek as soon as the medication is in. Sounds mean, but it just makes it really tough for them to spit out the meds if they can't purse their lips.

I would rather do this systematic approach and know it all got in there than mess around over and over again...medication is no fun and I don't want to do it more than I have to!

This sound excellent! You should write a book! Lol

I got him to take his medication good last night and this am by squirting in a little bit, then putting his pacifier right in his mouth afterwards. I just would squirt a little, shove paci in and wait for him to swallow. If he gets smart on this method I`ll have to try the above one!

Thanks ladies!