The Best Ways of Helping Your Child Swallow Medicine
Your child has a hard time swallowing medicine. It’s only natural. They’re still small and learning how to do a lot of things. You must help them do this the right way, so—what should you do?
Here Is How You Help Your Child Swallow Medicine
- Before you give them medicine, put them in the right position. Cover them up, hug them, and stabilize them so they won’t make any sudden movements that would cause them to choke when they take their dose.
- In a spoon or a milk bottle? What’s the best way for my child to take their medicine? You can buy a little bottle and give them the medicine that way. However, don’t do that if you are breastfeeding them. In that case, they may get used to the bottle and start refusing to breastfeed. Stick to the spoon.
- If your child refuses to take their medicine in a spoon, try something else. Wash your hands well. Fill the spoon with medicine. Put a little on your finger and give it to your child to suck. Repeat this until all the medicine from the spoon is gone.
If your child does not know how to swallow medicine, what do you think about using a syringe? You can do this if they are more than three months old. Pick a syringe marked with milliliters like a plastic injection syringe. You can fill it with the required dose of medicine and push it gently into your child’s mouth. To do this correctly, it’s best to follow these tips:
- Place your child against your torso with their back against your arm.
- Gently put the tip of the syringe in their mouth.
- Push the end of the syringe gradually and gently to insert a small quantity of medicine into their mouth each time.
- Let your child swallow the medicine after each push before pressing on it again.
- After they swallow each dose of medicine, give them a little water to help them forget the taste.
- Finally, don’t forget to wash the syringe with warm water and soap.
- If your child insists on refusing to take their medicine, consult a pediatrician or pharmacist for help treating the problem.