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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Concerned mum | 2003/12/11

Q.

How to get toddler to take meds?

Our toddler suffers from allergies and tends towards being anaemic. We're finding it impossible to get her to down her meds (mostly in syrup form, but also chewable fluoride and vitamin tablets). We spend hundreds on her medicatiion (Clarityne and Ferrimed) monthly, only to have her kick, scream, protest and spit it out when we administer it via syringe or when we try to disguise the meds with juice etc. Please advise, we're at our wit's end.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

I wish I had an easy answer. Luckily none of these meds are essential. I will advise to give it a break and see if thay are truly necessary. At this age it is rarely indicated to give Clarityne regularly and a normal balanced diet should provide enough vitamins and iron. You may also ask our dietician for advice, but lots of fruit and vegetables without any sweets or chips, unless it is a very special occasion is the best advice I can give.

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