I actually gave up after a while.
I have found that there have only been a few rare occasions where my kids have actually needed medicine. Especially things like paracetamol/ibuprofen, they are rarely needed and quite overused IMO. Same with antibiotics actually.
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12-11-2015 10:40 #11Senior Member
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12-11-2015 10:56 #12
Honestly, DS2 acts like he is being waterboarded when we give him medicine. He hates it. As with PP we rarely give it to him unless he has a raging fever. It just isn't worth the tears.
12-11-2015 11:10 #13
We used to call dd the human fountain because of her impressive skill at getting medicine back out of her mouth. When she was hospitalised once one of the nurses taught us to lie her back, squeeze her cheeks together a little, and blow in her mouth to trigger the swallow reflex. She didn't particularly like it but it did work. Strangely enough she's now taking medicine with absolutely no fuss. It was like a switch just flipped about a month ago and now she's good with it.
12-11-2015 11:59 #14
Squirting more towards the inside of the cheek is fine though. Unless the gagging is because the taste is so bad :/
12-11-2015 17:18 #15
I've found that giving smaller squirts of the medicine helps with ds. If I try to give the full dose in one go he will spit it out.
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12-11-2015 18:06 #16
What works for me: give medicine in a reclined position, usually with DD laying in my lap, squirt it in a bit at a time down the side of the cheek, follow with a drink of water.
If I try to give it to her sitting up she just lets it dribble out of her mouth!
You can buy those tiny dummy/bottle medicine administrators from the chemist.
Some of my customers tell me they have more luck with the thicker formulations. Eg: Panadol is watery, but Dymadon is the same medicine in a suspension so it's a lot thicker.
For very small babies try giving medicine mid-feed.
12-11-2015 18:16 #17
12-11-2015 22:11 #18
Thanks so much for your replies, everyone. Lots more tricks to try now ☺
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