I need help hiding liquid medicine

United States
February 18, 2010 7:36pm CST
My almost 2.5 yo won't take his antibiotic. I know there's a flavoring in it, though this time it's not pink he won't take it. I hid it in his oj this morning & he won't drink his oj tonight. I never had problems with my girls taking it so any more ideas?
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
20 Feb 10
I never had a problem giving my kids medicine. I would bribe them if I had to with a cookie or ice cream. Have you tried hiding it in Kool-Aid? Or bribing him with a treat? Maybe offer to play a game with him or see who can build the highest tower with Lego blocks.
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• United States
20 Feb 10
He doesn't quite understand the concept of a bribe yet he's barely 2.5yrs old. I didn't have any trouble til he got put on this one.
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@jewels49 (1783)
• United States
19 Feb 10
I use to give my nephew a popsicle..after he sucked on it for a few minutes his tongue would be cold enough hi taste buds were numb and he couldn't taste it. After he swallowed the medicine he got to finish the popsicle. It worked pretty well on several of the other kids too.
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• United States
19 Feb 10
That's an interesting idea. Though I don't have any popsicles on hand now I may have to look into that.
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
21 Feb 10
I actually have the exact opposite problem with my children. When they are on antibiotics it takes everything that I have to keep them from wanting to drink the entire bottle of antibiotic. However, cough syrup and antihistamine don't exactly work out as well for them. With those types of medication I typically have to tell them to hold their noses and drink it down really fast. Then, I will reward them with a cup of their favorite kind of drink.
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• United States
21 Feb 10
My middle is like that sadly it's w/ any sweetened meds wich is why we opted for the cheap cough medicine cause it's not sweetened *LOL* well he's only 2 otherwise bribery would probably work but it won't. So thus far I've hidden it in milk, juice, pudding, ketchup & yogurt only hard part is he doesn't consume all of the item everytime & if you don't dilute it in enough of whatever he can taste it. But anything right now certainly beats being spit at.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
19 Feb 10
I went through this with my daughter when she was younger. What a nightmare we had trying to get her to take her medicine. We tried everything. I also would "hide" it in juice. Kids are too smart for that. You can take the medicine to the pharmacist and they can put a colored flavoring in it for you. I heard that they have all sorts of flavorings to add to children's medicines if you want them too. You could try to reward her with something for after she takes the medicine. Something that she never gets to have or rarely is allowed to have. Maybe with a sip of soda (this worked for my son) or some kind of prize like stickers, M&M's, etc. With my daughter though, nothing worked. We used to have to hold her arms down tightly and pry her mouth open and then squirt the medicine with a medicine dropper along the inside of her mouth on the side. It was one of the most stressful times we had to go through. Thankfully she eventually grew out of that crazy stage.
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• United States
19 Feb 10
It is flavored I tried it lil dab last night... but it's not the flavor it had been before as this time it's white instead of pink. No idea what the flavor is on either. I dunno still trying the milk this morning. He's sipped from it 3x w/o complaint so **crossing fingers** that he doesn't figure it out!
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
19 Feb 10
I would try it in some chocolate or strawberry milk. Something like that might mask the taste of the medicine better. I would think that in orange juice it would taste pretty awful.
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• United States
19 Feb 10
IT's not alot of med though it's only like 1/3 tsp in a cup of juice. I'm trying milk but no dice this morning yet.
• United States
19 Feb 10
I can only think of making an ice pop out of it. I also think you can try and hold his nose and he will not taste it.
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• United States
19 Feb 10
Popsicle idea too. The hard part would be for his sisters to keep their paws off & not tell them what I did incase I have to do it for them one day KWIM?
@minnie15 (146)
• United States
19 Feb 10
try mixing it with peanut butter and put it on a spoon and give it to him. It works for my little one.
• United States
20 Feb 10
Thats an intersting idea. I dunno though, he's on me constantly while I was trying to hide it yesterday.