Medications, Administration of

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These "Quick Parenting Tips" have been written by our staff and Pediatric Web regarding common childhood behavior issues.  For more in depth parenting advice, see the many websites and books recommended by our staff on our Behavior / Parenting page.

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Medications, Administration of

Getting toddlers and preschoolers to take medicine can be very challenging for parents. Explain that the medicine is important to making your child feel better and that taking it is not negotiable. If it is liquid and has a bad taste, sometimes the pharmacist can add a flavor to make it taste better. Ask your health care provider if it is ok to mix with food or drinks. If so, you may consider mixing with a small amount of applesauce or fruit juice, but keep in mind that your child must eat or drink the whole amount to get the full dosage. Sometimes a better approach is just to offer a small amount of chocolate milk or juice as a “chaser”. Taste buds are concentrated on the front and center of the tongue, so sometimes it helps to deposit liquid medications with a dropper between the rear gum and side of the cheek. If your child prefers, sometimes chewable pills are an alternative to liquid or pills that are meant to be swallowed.

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Disclaimer:  If you are not a patient of Advanced Pediatric Associates, we recommend that you consult with your own physician regarding health concerns. This information is provided as a guide to our patients, but in no way replaces the advice given by our staff. Occasionally, advice given by our providers or nurse line may vary slightly from that offered by Pediatric Web and its contributors. If you are unsure of any issue regarding your child's health, please call our Patient Care Line at (303) 699-6200. 

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