"You all, I’m desperate… My daughter was the one having their tonsils and adenoids removed on Wednesday. Well, she’s doing amazing BUT… We have to alternate medicine, and we’re having a really, really hard time at night.
We tried waiting it out, and she screamed for hours. We tried tonight, waking her to take it. That didn’t work either. She spits it out. Or just flat out refuses.
We’re exhausted. She’s exhausted. We have tried hiding it. Didn’t work. She’s always been this way. We have already tried chewables by crushing it and such. So my question. Has anyone given a Tylenol suppository to a child asleep? Cuz that’s our next option."
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“You could ask the pharmacy if they have different flavors. Not knowing how old your daughter is but my kids hated the taste of children’s medicine, after discussing it with the doctor we went to pills that need to be swallowed as grown-ups do. They were around 5, and often they chose to swallow chewables whole. I did have one child that was very sick one time with a stomach bug and we had to give her suppositories, that was a nightmare.”
“What are the doctor’s instructions and reason for the Tylenol? Is it for pain or a fever? When my child had her tonsils out she was given meds for pain which we ended up being up an entire weekend with no sleep for both of us. It wasn’t taking the meds it was the fact that they prescribed by her weight and not her age. Once the dose was adjusted everyone slept. If the child is not in pain or running a fever I am not sure why the Tylenol needs to be given at night? Once my child was asleep I was told to let her sleep. Screaming is more harmful after the T&A than the Tylenol. Good Luck, Mama!”
“Yeah suppository might be your only option but I’d consult the doctor about doing while your kid is sleeping that seems pretty extreme to me. Also, depending on age and kind of not depending on age, what happens if they wake up? That could be a super messed up memory.”
“I had this problem with my son. It took my husband and I both to hold him down and hold his nose closed and using a syringe pop it quickly into the back of his throat. He’d swallow it. We all cried but our doctor recommended it and it worked. It’s awful but they’ll soon start taking it without the harshness of being held down. Like you, nothing else worked!”
“When my son was refusing medicine that he needed to take at younger ages, I would go out to the dollar store a grab $10-20 worth of treats and cheap toys and put them into a box. I told him if he took his medicine without a fight he could reach his hand in the surprise box and pull out a surprise!! It worked so well! No fighting screaming crying he just took it without issue! Good luck momma!!”
“When my son had influenza A we had no choice but to do Tylenol suppository because he would projectile vomit all meds back up. I definitely recommend it when it’s your last resort. Just make sure you get the correct dosage!”
“I found out that my two-year-old son prefers the little plastic medicine cups over the syringes the Tylenol comes with. He takes medicine so well when he’s the one that gets to control it!! You could try offering it to her in one of those?”
“Truthfully and some might disagree. I bribe my daughter with pop. It’s a treat and not something she gets a lot. But when she’s needing Calpol/ibuprofen I get her a little bottle and she can get rid of the taste with that. If she’s on antibiotics I send it into school with her and it’s the only way they can get her to take it.”
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