I'm a mom to a 2-year-old toddler and he's been sick for the past few days. The doctor has prescribed him medicine but he's refusing to take it. It's been a nightmare trying to get him to take even a small dose. I've tried bribing him with candy, mixing it with his food, and even forcing it down his throat (which I feel terrible about). But nothing seems to work.
I'm worried that not taking the medicine will prolong his illness and I don't want him to suffer. Does anyone have any tips or tricks to help make it easier for him to take his medicine? I'm willing to try anything at this point. Thanks in advance for your help.
I had a similar experience with my son who was also a reluctant medicine-taker. But after trying different methods, what worked for me was to hide the medication in a spoonful of applesauce or yogurt. The texture of the applesauce or yogurt would mask the taste and he would swallow it without much fuss.
I found that the key was to make sure that the medication was completely covered so that he wouldn't taste any bitterness or residue. You can also try freezing the applesauce or yogurt for a little while to make it more like an ice cream treat. This way, your toddler may look forward to taking his or her medicine.
If this method doesn't work, you may want to consider asking your doctor if there's a different form of the medicine that's more palatable or if there's an alternative medication.
I hope this helps you in some way, and I wish your toddler a speedy recovery.