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My toddler is refusing to take medicine. What can I do to make it easier for him or her to take it?

Hi everyone,

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.

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Hey there,

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.


Hi everyone,

I've been in the same situation with my toddler, so I know how stressful it can be. One thing that has worked for us is crushing and mixing the medication with a sweet and flavorful treat like jam or honey.

For instance, if the recommended dose is half a teaspoon, you could mix it with half a teaspoon of jam or honey, and your little one is sure to swallow it all. However, it is important to check with your pediatrician if it's okay to mix the medication.

Additionally, you could try giving your toddler an option between taking the medication with a spoon or a syringe. Offer your toddler a choice between a colorful spoon or a syringe in their favorite color. Giving them options may help them have some form of control, and distract them from the difficulty of taking medication.

I hope these tips are helpful. Don't be too hard on yourself or your little one, it's just a phase and it shall pass soon. Wishing all the sick little ones a speedy recovery!


Hi there,

I understand how exasperating it can be when your toddler refuses to take their medicine. I recall having a similar experience a few months ago when my son was sick.

What did it for me was distracting him by engaging him in an activity he likes. If your toddler likes watching television, it might be less troublesome to give them the medication while they're watching one of their favorite shows. You could also surprise him with a favorite snack or treat as a reward after taking the medication. This may redirect the attention and make the process smoother.

Another alternative is using dissolvable tablets, assuming the medicine can be administered in this form. Dissolvable tablets can be mixed with food like pudding or applesauce, making it less bitter and more enticing for your toddler to take. Ensure that whatever is mixed with the medication complements the flavor to prevent rejection. If you're unsure about using dissolvable tablets, consult your pediatrician to ensure it's safe for your toddler.

I hope this helps you get the medication into your toddler without any hassle.



I know how frustrating it can be when your toddler refuses to take medicine. From experience, one method that has worked for us is using a medicine dispenser. It's a small, cylindrical container that comes with a pacifier-like tip that helps to administer the medicine.

With the dispenser, you would fill the container with the required dosage of medicine, and insert the pacifier-like tip into your toddler's mouth. Squeezing the container will force the medicine to flow out of the dispenser and into your toddler's mouth. It's a gentle and easy way to deliver the medication.

There are also some medicine dispensers that come with a nipple that can be used with standard baby bottles. This might be especially helpful for those who are still using baby bottles.

You can find medicine dispensers in most baby stores or online. They're quite affordable and could help make the administering of medicine to your toddler a breeze.

I hope this helps, and I wish you all the best with your toddler's recovery.


Hi there,

I completely understand your situation. My daughter used to be the same way and it was just exhausting for us trying to make her take her medicine. However, I found something that worked for us and I'm hoping it'll work for you too.

I bought a medicine dropper and made it into a game. I would squirt a bit of the medicine into her mouth and then give her a small prize (a sticker or a little toy). I would keep praising her for being brave and taking her medicine until it was finished. It made the experience a lot more positive and less stressful for all of us.

You can also try using a flavored syrup or mixing the medicine into a drink that your toddler likes. I've heard that some pharmacies also make medicine in fun flavors like bubblegum or grape.

I hope these tips help you and your little one. Wishing your toddler a speedy recovery!


Hi there,

I have also had a similar experience with my toddler, and I found that turning the medication time into a game helped a lot. We would pretend that taking the medicine was like playing a doctor game. I would be the patient and my toddler would be the doctor.

I would act like I was in pain, and my toddler had to give me some medicine to make me feel better. He loved feeling like a doctor and enjoyed administering the medicine. He would give me small sips of water and rewards in between each dose. It made the process less stressful and more enjoyable for both of us.

Also, make sure that you're giving your toddler a well-rounded diet of nutritious foods and plenty of fluids to help them get better quicker. This will reduce the number of times they have to take the medication, and in some cases, eliminate the need for it altogether.

I hope this helps, and I wish you all the best in getting your toddler to take their medication.



I know how tough it can be to get a toddler to take their medicine. My son was the same way and would refuse even the tiniest dose. But after some trial and error, what worked for us was a rewards chart.

We created a simple chart where each time he took his medicine without any fuss, he would get a sticker. After five stickers, he could pick a small prize from a prize bin. It could be a toy car, a piece of candy, or a fun activity like finger painting. It became something he looked forward to and he was motivated to take his medicine.

For really stubborn cases, we've also used a small dose of a numbing agent like lidocaine spray to numb the tongue before administering the medicine. It may sound extreme, but it's helped us on occasion.

I hope these ideas help you in some way. Just remember to stay positive, and that this is just a phase. Wishing your toddler a speedy recovery!



I can totally empathize with your situation. It's really difficult to get a toddler to take medicine when they don't want to, I've been there. The thing that worked best for us is involving our toddler in the process. We let him choose the cup he wants to drink from and give him some control by letting him choose when he'll take his medicine. Also, we've made up a pretend game where he's a superhero who needs to take his medicine to get back to fighting the villain (his cold).

We also let him have some control over how he takes the medicine. For example, if it's a liquid, we let him use a syringe and fill it with the medicine himself. This makes him feel like he's involved in the process and he feels more empowered.

Lastly, we always give him a little bit of apple juice, water, or other liquid of his choice immediately following the medicine, just to get rid of the taste in his mouth.

I hope this helps in some way. Just remember to be patient, offer encouragement, and make it as much of a positive experience as possible. Wishing you and your little one all the best!

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