Oct. 5, 2020

Ask Amy- How Can I Get My Kid To Take Her Medicine?

A listener wonders how to get a 4-year-old to take a truly disgusting medicine without spitting it out.


Our listener Sabrina asks:

My 4 year old daughter has a nasty ear infection. the medication she got is nasty and she wont take it. Attempting to force it ends with her spitting it out. 

We tried hiding it in applesauce but she wouldn't eat it all and said it was yucky. 

We've reasoned with her, bribed her, nothing works! Any ideas?

Amy's top advice for getting kids to swallow meds is... teaching them to swallow pills. You can start earlier than you think, and it doesn't have to involve tears.

Listen to this mini-episode for Amy's tips, including the "duck-shake technique," plus lots of other ideas from our listeners!

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