How Can I Get My Child to Take Her Medicine?

QUESTION:

"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."

RELATED QUESTION: Is it okay to mix your child’s medicine into something?

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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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I always followed meds w a spoonful of something tasty, & thick so it coats. My son liked marshmello cream, nutella, or the aerosol whipped cream. I did what I had to do. Lol. Good luck!

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Try mixing it in yogurt

Try “forcing” it with syringe or mix it with ice cream

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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 swallowed like 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.

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Place it on the side of her mouth… a nurse told me to do it and it worked my son took it without a problem.

Tylenol now makes a powder. It looks like the drink mixes and you just put it on their tongue

If she’s refusing it then she doesn’t really need it. It’s just Tylenol it’s not like it’s an antibiotic

You’re just giving her prn pain meds? I wouldn’t give it if she’s refusing.

i would definitely just get the liquid and shoot it in the back side of her mouth lol and then give her a popsicle afterwards. or tell her if she takes the medicine she can have a snack of her choosing or something

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!

Not sure how old she is but you could give her the option of the suppositories or drinking it. I know you said you tried hiding it did you try hiding it in food like a PBJ or flavored oatmeal? We usually do it in milk if its cherry flavored try mixing it in strawberry or chocolate milk dont let her see you add it. I have had to give 1 of my kids a suppository but they were still a baby so it was pretty easy.

I use to have to dilute it with something that tasted better than the medicine. Like juice, yogurt, you could do whatever she likes that wouldn’t make it taste worse by adding it to an odd flavor combo.

Have you tried crushing it and put in some Yogart, apple sauce pudding ?? My Son couldn’t Swallow pills at all, and the workers at the Treatment Centre Suggested we try crush the pill and put it on a spoon with Yogart, pudding or whatever your daughter may like, My Son took it easier with a little bit of Strawberry Jam on the spoon with the pill. I hope you find something that works/helps :blush::grin:

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How old is your kid? I wouldn’t take meds if I could taste them as a kid (still won’t) so my parents had to get tablets or capsules… not sure that’s an option though.

When my son was tiny, I used a bottle nipple and just squirted the dose into that. He’s older now (21 months) and will only take meds if I let him give it to himself… so I load the dosage and hand him the spoon or syringe and he’ll take it.

Children’s liquid tylenol?

What are the doctors 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!

If shes asleep leave it alone

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We use the kool aid flavor shots add a little bit to right amount of meds stir up and it seems to help my little one

Probably an unpopular opinion, but my mom had to hold me down and force me at a young age. :woman_shrugging: I turned out ok lol. I also started taking pills at a younger age than most because I hate liquid medicine.

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