What do you do when your child refuses to take medicine?
Nine Tips for Helping a Picky Child Take Their Medicine
- Give choices. …
- Avoid choking. …
- Explain why medicine helps. …
- Be positive. …
- Reward your child. …
- Add flavoring. …
- Choose liquid, capsule or chewable options. …
- Make taking medication fun and creative.
How do you give a child medicine that spits out?
Use a medicine dropper and aim it toward the back of your child’s cheek. By aiming the medication toward the cheek, as close to her throat as possible, she is less likely to spit it out. If you worry she will still spit it out, gently hold her cheeks together once the medication is in her mouth.
What do I do if my child throws up her medicine?
If your child vomits immediately after you give him an antibiotic and you can tell by looking at the vomit that he’s thrown up the medicine, it’s okay to give him another full dose. If he throws up again, contact his doctor. Re-dosing too frequently can cause diarrhea, especially with certain antibiotics.
Can you mix liquid antibiotics with juice?
Shake the bottle well before each use. Measure the dose with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup. The average household teaspoon may not hold the right amount of liquid. You may mix the oral liquid with a baby formula, milk, fruit juice, water, ginger ale, or another cold drink.
What can I add to amoxicillin to make it taste better?
Mix the medication with a strong flavor (Kool-Aid® powder, chocolate or strawberry sauce). Please remember that if medication is mixed with food or a flavoring agent, you need to give it right away so that the medication still works properly.
Is it safe to mix medicine with water?
It is best for the pharmacist to add water right before the medicine is picked up. Once mixed, the medicine often needs to be refrigerated to stay potent. But if the pharmacist forgets to add the water, or if the wrong amount of water is added at home, a serious dosing error can occur.
How can I get my toddler to take medicine without throwing up?
Hide it. Ask your doctor if it’s okay to sneak the particular medicine into foods or drinks. If you get the thumbs-up on that, stir the medicine into a small amount of applesauce, ice cream, or fruit juice. (Applesauce à la penicillin isn’t half bad.)
What happens if you give a child too much cough medicine?
What are the risks of a nonprescription medication overdose? High doses of OTC medicine may be very harmful to your child. Large amounts of acetaminophen may cause liver damage and liver failure. An overdose of cough and cold medicine may cause seizures and other life-threatening side effects.
Can I mix my child’s medicine with juice?
Add the dose of liquid medicine to a glass of milk or fruit juice (preferably at room temperature). Make sure your child drinks all the mixture straight away. Then add some more juice or milk to the glass, swirl it round and ask your child to drink the liquid. This makes sure they get all the medicine.
Should I refeed baby after vomit?
When to feed your baby after they’ve vomited
Offer your baby a feeding after they’ve stopped throwing up. If your baby is hungry and takes to the bottle or breast after vomiting, go right ahead and feed them.
Should I give more medicine again after vomiting?
If the medicine is vomited (thrown up) right after you give it, wait 20 minutes. Then give the same size dose one more time. If the vomiting continues, call your child’s doctor.
Should you retake medicine after vomiting?
Even if the medicine is thrown up (vomited) right after taking it, do not repeat the dose. Some of the medicine may still be in the stomach. Do not repeat the dose unless it is in tablet form and you can see that the whole tablet was vomited. The vomiting might be due to the strong taste of the medicine.