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Refuses to take medicine

What do you parents do when your child refuses to take medicine. I have a 2 and 1/2 year old who is refusing to take her medicine from me (mom) and dad. She keeps saying no as well as when I try she spits it out. I’ve tried bribing her with everything possible and still no. I don’t want to keep trying and having her keep spitting it out because then I’m just wasting the medicine. I have seriously tried everything she is just very stubborn I don’t know what to do at this point. Help!!!

  • Julie
    Feb 06

    Can you mix it in her food or drink?? We have the same problem and that’s the only way we can do it as well!!! I have heard of parents pinning the child down and putting the meds in their mouth and then blowing on their face (this somehow forces them to swallow) but I’m not into traumatizing my daughter and myself!!

  • Joanna
    Feb 06

    A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.

  • Shaun . H
    Feb 06

    We had this same issue too and here is what we did. Buy a pill grinder from amazon, take the dose and grind it down to dust (assuming it’s a pill). Then slice open a piece of food they eat regularly and where the medicine can be easily hidden. Like in between a PBJ,French toast , etc. Pack the dose into a piece of the food and give it a good squish to seal it in. Serve the first bite and have another one lock and loaded so they are not dwelling on first bite. We cut the toast into-squares and then again slice it half to put medicine in. We typically say “first bite is on me” and then you do it. I suggest to do it when they are ready to eat like breakfast so they are nice and hungry. Also have your normal “everything is great” face on...kids can sense when your being sneaky 😊. I have a 5 year old who is disabled and this works perfectly.

  • Andrea
    Feb 06

    My son, at age 3, contracted the flu and a bilateral ear infection at the same time. Thankfully we caught the flu early and were able to get him Tamiflu. So he needed to take that, amoxicillin, and Motrin 3 times a day for 2 weeks. He tried pulling the “I’m not going to take it” response with us, but it was critical that he take it for all the reasons. And it was too much, we couldn’t possibly fight him on it. When he tried fighting for the 2nd day in a row, I basically had to sit him in a chair and tell him that he wasn’t going to be able to get up until he took his medicine. That I wouldn’t force him and fight him to take it, but that it was so important for him to take the meds that I wasn’t going to negotiate this. Either he worked with us to take the meds or he didn’t get up from the chair. Once he realized that we weren’t kidding, he grudgingly took all 3 medicines, after which there was much praise and high fives. We haven’t had an issue with him since.

  • Julie
    Feb 06

    I can’t wait till my daughter is old enough to comprehend the concept like that, Andrea!!!

  • B
    Feb 06

    I always ask the pharmacist if they can add flavoring to liquid meds. I also get an extra syringe. Often what works for me is letting my daughter give me medicine (water) as I give hers. Also can distract her with a favorite book sometimes. But when it comes down to it, a mL at a time into her cheek and blow.

  • Anonymous
    Feb 06

    Agree with B, we pretend to take some so he will too!

  • Traci
    Feb 06

    My son just wants to be the one to shoot the medicine in his own mouth or drink it from the little medicine cups. He’s 2 1/2. Maybe try that and see if that works. Sometimes they just want to do things themselves

  • Ashlee
    Feb 11

    My son just turned 2 and we had the same issue! However, thankfully some meds come in chewable tabs! But for the ones that do not, another mother passed this on to me.....plastic shot glasses from dollar tree. Put a sticker on each and let them pick which one they want. Worked like a charm. Add in whole fam and use juice and say cheers! My son loves it! Downs the meds! Mom is happy!