Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Sparkle | 2010/02/18


Toddler won' t swallow meds

Hi there

My little girl (2yrs end April) won' t swallow any medicines. She has a terrible cold that won' t clear and her eyes are producing lots of pus. We took her to doc on monday and she was prescribed 5ml Orelox antibiotic, 5ml Demazin and 5ml Ponstel. I can' t get any of it down her! She screams when she sees me getting the medicine bottles. I have tried talking to her, bribing her, letting her take it herself from a spoon etc... really tried everything. I now have to resort to holding her down, which is very traumatic for both of us. Even still she hold it in her mouth and spits most of it out. I have tried giving her little bits at a time and putting it with a syringe right at the back of her mouth - but she actually starts gargling it and chokes. I managed to get most of the Orelox down the other evening, and then she promptly vomitted it all out!

What can I do? I know she needs the antibiotic - I am giving up on the Demazin for now - there is no way I can get a total of 15ml medicine down her throat! I never realised what a huge volume 5ml is before now!

Any advice, suggestions? Any alternative meds with less a volume required?

Please help - this is incredible difficult for all of us

Expert's Reply



The simplest approach would be to stop the Demazin which she does not need and the Ponstel as well. The antibiotic should be changed to a once daily one called Zithromax [tell your paediatrican about your problems]. It tastes good and you would only need to give 5ml once daily for 3 days.You can even mix the antibiotic in a small amount of fruit juice.

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