Posted by: andy | 2010/08/05


17month old refuses to drink meds

Hi doc,
My 17 month old boy started creche last week monday and started coughing last thursday. His nose is also running and very congested/blocked at night. THe coughing was very bad last night.
I am trying to give him tussitot cough syrup, and a honey/borsdruppels mixture, as well as creche gaurd. But he refuses to swallow the medicine. I even pin him down and throw the meds his mouth while blowing in his face but he still manages to spit it out. I mixed the medcine with yogurt or milk and he would just taste it and run away. What can I do to relief the cough, isn''t there a suppository I can get him.

Expert's Reply



Your son does not need cough mixtures. He should have the Creche Guard which you can add to his cereal or his yoghurt but not on hot food. You need to keep your son's nose as clear as possible by using Salex nose drops twice a day.You will need help to put the nosedrops in his nose.

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Posted by: PUrple | 2010/08/05

I would bribe my son with a sweet for after the medicine. I''d let him choose his sweet up front (jelly type sweets get rid of taste nicely), I even got prednisone syryp down like that and there is nothing on earth more disgusting than that.

Tussitot tastes awful though, try to get a more pleasant tasting cough mix and it will likely go down better.

Something else that worked for me was that I''d measure out the meds in a syringe and squirt into a little container which I''d put down on his little table, then I''d turn my back and say " right, that''s Dads stuff. Nobody must drink that except for Dad."  Before I could turn around again it would be down the throat. I''d have juice on hand to take the taste away. I made sure never to say it was a sweet or juice and I lock medicine up in a box which is in a top cabinet that he still can''t reach at 6 years old.

Your son will be able to chew nicely at this age, so why not replace the creche guard (which once again tastes hideous) with something like gummy vites (there is a multivitamin and a propolis and echinacea one which definitely reduces the numbers of colds). I just put my sons out next to his breakfast.

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Posted by: Racoon | 2010/08/05

Oh I feel for you! I also have an 18 month old, and its the same thing with meds. Luckily he has an older brother and wants everything his brother has, so I pretend to give his brother the meds and then he opens his mouth volutarily.

I have a tip though, mix the meds with something more solid, such as cereal, it will then stick to his palate and he can''t spit it out.

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