10 Parenting Hacks: How to Get Your Child to Drink Yucky Medicine
We feel you, Mom and Dad. When our children are crying from pain and only their medicine can soothe them, you would exhaust all your best efforts to let them take it, right?
As your prescription pharmacy in Florida, we would like to make this situation easier for you to handle. Hence, we’ve compiled these parent hacks for you, trusting that you can apply them the next time your child needs to take their ‘yucky’ medicine.
- Explain the medicine’s purpose
Your child must know how the medicine works to make them feel better. However, this may only be applicable to preschoolers or school-age children, as they can already process explanations.
- Incorporate play
This hack is ideal for the younger children, especially the toddlers. You can set up a mini-play about their favorite teddy bear getting sick and your child will administer the medicine. Afterward, the stuffed toy got “well”. This will encourage your child to take their medicine.
- Set a model
This hack is best for vitamin intake. Some vitamins do have an unpleasant taste. Model drinking your vitamin so that your child can see that just as Mom and Dad took theirs, they should also do so.
- Allow for small choices
Encourage your child to make little choices in the way they take their medicines. Let them choose their favorite spoon to use, for instance, or whatever can make them comfortable in drinking.
- Mix with favorite food/drink
This hack needs the pediatrician’s approval. When there’s a go signal, make sure the medicines are thoroughly mixed with their food or drink so they won’t even notice having taken it.
- Be cheerful
When letting your child drink their meds, don’t forget to speak in a cheerful tone. As a health care services provider, we’ve seen how cheerfulness can really usher the patient towards taking their steps to treatment.
- Use dropper or syringe
You can also opt to use dropper/syringe as backup “tools”. With these two, you can simply squirt the medicine at the inner part of your child’s cheek or directly to their throat area to make drinking efficient to swallow.
- Find easy-to-swallow alternatives
Speaking of swallowing, there are in fact similar medications that can be easily swallowed. Before opting for this, however, ask your pediatrician’s permission anew. Once approved, you can request for a recommendation from a prescription pharmacy in Florida.
- Request for pharmacy flavoring
Some pharmacies offer compounding services, which makes it possible for them to convert a particular drug to tastier versions. Ask the pharmacist for an option to possibly mix special flavoring on your child’s prescription, but still, with doctor’s approval.
- Praise every after intake
Your praises can soothe their stressed emotions. Indeed, the frustration of having to drink a yucky medicine can be stressful for your child. But your praise can smooth out such stress.
We hope these hacks helped you. For medication compounding services, contact us at Riverview Pharmacy.