The following are some easy tips for giving medicine to children:
1. Make sure your child is standing or sitting at least a 45 degree angle when taking this medicine as this reduces the risk of choking.
2. Powder medicine can be an option for babies and toddlers to make it easier for you to give it despite their refusal.
3. You can give some drinks or favorite foods after taking the medicine such as apples, yogurt, pudding, peanut butter smooth (for children over 18 months), and jam.
4. Mix the medicine with a liquid such as juice to get rid of the bitter taste that your child doesn’t like.
5. Use the spoon that comes in the medicine package to make it easier to administer the drug than the usual tablespoon.
6. Never allow your child to take their own medication outside your supervision.
7. Do not punish a child who refuses to take medicine. Most medicines taste bitter, which is something babies and toddlers don’t like. Therefore, after your child succeeds in avoiding the bitter taste and taking the medicine, you can give praise to your baby and toddler to be motivated when taking the next medicine.
The following drug administration can be adjusted according to your child’s age level:
Hold your baby at a 45 degree angle, with his hands down and his head facing up. You can use a medicine dropper or a nipple from a bottle, dropping the medicine on the side of her tongue. Avoid emptying the dropper into the pouch of his cheek, as your baby will inevitably vomit everything. You should also avoid spraying drug into your baby’s throat, because he or she may be choking. You can give juice (in babies 6 months of age and over) after taking the medicine.
2. Toddlers and Preschoolers
Children 1 to 4 years of age are the ages most likely to refuse to take medication. Children this age have strong feelings about what they eat and drink. You can reduce the bad taste of some liquid medicines in a number of ways. You can provide your child’s favorite food then use his favorite drink to get rid of the bitter taste. In addition, some cold foods and drinks will help your child avoid excess bitterness. You can mix the medicine with foods such as pudding. Also make sure your child eats all of these mixed foods. You can also dilute the drug using such as apple juice, as long as your child will drink the liquid without the remainder to work optimally the medicine mixed with it. Do not mix milk in your child’s medicine because the substances in the milk will reduce the absorption of antibiotics so that they interfere with the absorption of certain drug components. In addition, the calcium content in milk will interfere with the effect of the drug so make it a habit to avoid consuming milk for 4 hours after taking the drug.