Childhood Diseases

Posted by: S-p | 2008/06/25


ANY advice on getting medicine down?

Hello Prof,

My little girl (8 months) has tonsilitis & an ear infection.

I *think* I have tried everything.
Tricking her with something she likes (yoghurt), and then a spoon of medicine - then she will refuse to eat any more, or open her mouth again! I have tried 3 different syringes, about 4 different medicine spoons, even a metal spoon ...

ANY suggestions?!?!

She has to take calpol, nurofen (for pain & fever), antibiotic, probiotic - and then there are the nose drops

HELP!! She just spits & screams!
It breaks my heart!!

Expert's Reply



As your daughter is determined not to take medicines, only give her what she really needs now. There is no need to give her both Calpol and Nurofen for fever. Only use Calpol and only give it to her if she has a fever.Ask your paediatrician to prescribe a once daily antibiotic such as Zithromax which is only given once daily for 3 days. Don't give her the probiotic until the antibiotic course has been given.Draw up the medicine with a syringe and put the syringe in her mouth directing it towards the inside of her cheek. Then very slowly give the medicine.

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Posted by: Tasja | 2008/06/26

Ok,my boy is a bir bigger,when he was under a year,it was fearly easy to give him medicine.But when he got older like a year and a half ,2 years(his now 3)he refused to take any,just run away,i had to chase him all over the house,then i got a tip from my chemist.He said i should put the milky medicine like Lotem for pain and fever in his milk,less milk and the other clear medicine like some antibiotics in cooldrink,just a little bit!And it worked like a bomb,i just told him here`s some "hassiemelk" or his name for "aanmaakkoeldrank".And i walked out of the room,did not want him to suspect anything if i`m looking at him like a hawk!About a 100 mls of his usual stuff and the medicine.

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Posted by: Jean | 2008/06/25

Yes same here. the screaming will continue. nothing mutch u can do about it. i also use a syringe and just put it in on the side little by little if u see that your baby dont whant to swollow then blow into the mouth. baby will "smak' for air and will then swollow.
good luck.
my son was sick and that is what i do to him he gets use to it and after a few days he will ask me for him medican.
good luck

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Posted by: Stef | 2008/06/25

I'm not english speaking.....but will try.
What i did with my 2 kids is.....i'm going to explain to you in afrikaans.
Ek het 'n inspuiting by die apteek gekry, en vir hulle medisyne daar deur gegee. Laat haar lê op die bed, druk die punt van die inspuiting in die kant van haar mond, nie in die middel nie. Die medisyne gly in die keel af.
Hope u understand what i mean.
Good luck

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