What strategies do you use to make toddlers drink their vitamins/medicine?

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  1. jpcmc profile image90
    jpcmcposted 5 years ago

    What strategies do you use to make toddlers drink their vitamins/medicine?

  2. twoseven profile image86
    twosevenposted 5 years ago

    We had a hard time with this when our son had ear infections!  When he was about 1 to 1.5 it was really hard to get him to drink his medicine.  We would basically just try to do it quickly and sneak as much in before he realized how bad it tasted smile 

    One time we also were able to get a shot instead of the oral medication for his ear infection - our doctor told us about it when we told her how much he was resisting taking the oral medicine (he would just clamp his lips shut tight!).  It was much easier than trying to get him to drink the stuff, but the shot made his leg pretty sore for a day.  It's all about trade-offs I guess!

    1. jpcmc profile image90
      jpcmcposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      We tried the sneak tactic and it worked for a few times, but she eventually learned the schedule of her meds so she's more alert during med time.

  3. duffsmom profile image59
    duffsmomposted 5 years ago

    We used to have a horrible time with this. Finally the doctor just looked at us and said, you are the adults. We felt a little foolish so we went home and were loving but firm.

    We explained that she had to take her medicine but as soon as she did, she could have a popsicle.  Then we made up a song, Medicine-Pop, Medicine-Pop.  I was holding the popsicle in my hand and once the meds were down I immediately handed her the popsicle.  It worked for us anyway.  I suppose it would work with any treat that the child loves but is not able to have all of the time. It would have to be something special.

    1. jpcmc profile image90
      jpcmcposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks duffsmom.  We started out with ice cream just to mask the aftertaste of the meds.  I'll try to add singing next.

  4. beatmakersnet profile image59
    beatmakersnetposted 5 years ago

    i threaten them with a spanking usually and that seems to work. daddy knows best.

    1. jpcmc profile image90
      jpcmcposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Fear is a good motivator.  I just don't think I want to go down that road.


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