4 Tips to Get Your Kid to Just Take the Medicine Already

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I'll just say this in complete and total honesty: getting kids to take medicine is the worst. It really is. I have four children and have been a parent for eight years and I still dread getting my kids to take medicine.

Some kids take medicine better than others and some kids need more medicine than others but either way, there will probably come a time in your life when you will need a little help getting your kid to just take the medicine already, so when that happens, tuck these tips in your back medicine pocket, mmmmk?

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If you are dispensing medicine with a syringe to your baby, here's a trick I picked up from dispensing medication as a nurse: place the syringe alongside your baby's mouth and then dispense it. It will prevent your baby from gagging on the medicine and help her swallow it more easily.

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If your little one needs medication dispensed via a nebulizer, designate a special toy or game that can only be used during the treatment. When our youngest had pneumonia, my husband did this with our daughter and I was dumbfounded by how smart the man was for doing that. Our daughter fought and fought the treatment at first, but as soon as he got her her own special dry erase board and marker set that she could only use during her treatment, she jumped for joy every time it was treatment time. 

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Don't automatically assume that liquid medication is easiest for your child to handle. I've actually had much better luck with getting my kids to take chewable tablets in some cases. Tablets aren't appropriate for all kids, of course, and if your baby is too young, it won't work, but if you are having trouble, ask your baby's pediatrician if a chewable tablet would be available for your child.

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I can't believe that I've gone so many years of life without knowing that such a contraption exists, but it does, it really does. A pacifier that dispenses your baby's medicine. Genius.

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