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Lil Tip: Making the Medicine Go Down

When little ones are under the weather, getting medicine down their throats can become a Herculean task.

If you can get the medicine in the mouth, you're halfway there. The toughest part usually comes when they have to swallow it. So before they can spew it back, quickly blow in the child's face. This will cause them to swallow as a natural reflex. Mother Nature has our back on this one. There's a reason her first name is Mother.


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bellanatella bellanatella 9 years
Haha, tough love.
bellanatella bellanatella 9 years
Haha, tough love.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
This doesn't work alone on my kids (when they were younger). I'd have to use my finger to create a pocket in their cheek, then shoot the medicine to the back of the throat and simultaneously blow in their face to trigger the swallowing reflex. Otherwise they just swallowed only a tiny bit and spit the rest out, leaving me having no clue how much more to give them. And leaving them sticky and gross.
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 9 years
This worked on my first daughter, but I swear, it is almost IMPOSSIBLE to get my 1 year old to take meds sice the first time we had to give them to her. This actually does not work with her. I once, straddled her (so she couldn't kick her feet up) put my arms over hers so she couldn't grap the medicine shooter and held her nose until she opened her mounth, shot the meds into the back of her mouth, and blew in her face and she STILL spit 90% of it out! I'm telling you.......she's amazing. We actually sneak the meds into her sippy cup, with just a small amount of milk when we know she's very thirsty. This way she chugs it right down and doesn't notice a thing. I OK'd this with the doctor also.
ktjones ktjones 9 years
Great mom should have tried this on me years ago!!
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 9 years
my aunt did this when she had her daughter
bushra bushra 9 years
thanks for that tip! my baby has been on antibiotics since birth, and his dosage was recently increased. i've been using a medicine soother (you say pacifier; we in the UK say soother!) which helps but i want to start giving him some sanatogen baby too....
OrangeSugar OrangeSugar 9 years
That is a wonderful tip! Thanks for sharing!My parents just threatened me with a double doseage of meds if I didn't take the first one. It worked.
OrangeSugar OrangeSugar 9 years
That is a wonderful tip! Thanks for sharing! My parents just threatened me with a double doseage of meds if I didn't take the first one. It worked.
lorenashley lorenashley 9 years
my brothers refuse to take medicine. my mom just gives up and has to sneak it to them. its really funny actually.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
Great tip! It does work... seen my mom do it on my nephews :)
hvanness331 hvanness331 9 years
I did the blowing in the face trick also when I would dunk my baby in the pool. It makes them suck in and hold their breath. He's a great swimmer now!... and medicine goes down like a champ. (if that doesn't work, put it in OJ...)
indielove indielove 9 years
Good advice.
indielove indielove 9 years
Good advice.
Karla-Sugar Karla-Sugar 9 years
this info is for how old a child?
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