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Do You Flavor Your Child's Medications?

Do You Flavor Your Child's Medications?

Does a spoonful of sugar really help the medicine go down? Any parent who has had a sick child on their hands knows how hard it is to force-feed them their medicine. Kenny Kramm, a father and future pharmacist, had this same issue with his children. When his second daughter was born with cerebral palsy and physically couldn't take her medicine due to its bitter taste, Kramm put his chemistry skills to work and created a method for flavoring the antidotes. Today, there are more than 42 flavors available at pharmacies around the world.

Do you flavor your tot's medication to make it go down more easily?


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Sarana Sarana 8 years
I loved cough syrop as a child, we had one with the best flavour. I also wanted more and more of it!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I agree with Greggie - medicine isn't supposed to taste good. I don't want them wanting it when they don't need it.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
at the pharmacy*
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
at my pharmacy my pharmacist is always telling us to offer it to the patients that pick up their kids liquid meds.. b/c u can flavor liquid vitamins as well.. and alot of parents agree to it... and at my store we have a 'frequent flavor card' lol with 4 flavors get one free... so its a good deal lol. i flavored my lil bros at the phram tho and i didnt notice any change! so maybe its a mind thing.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
My daughter is surprisingly easy to get any medication into, no matter how awful it tastes. The boys would fight it even if it was liquid sugar, I swear. My daughter seems to have already grasped that she either has to drink it or I force it down her throat.
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
lol meloD... my lil guy isnt bad w/it either. altho the penicillin was a lil tough to get down the first coupla tries (but everything was tough w/him the first two tries.. it coulda been chocolate puddin and he'da been all bllllleeeecccchhhh). he's good w/ear drops tho... funny how he never gave be grief on that (maybe because daddy helps and we make it a flip the baby on his side game)...
Melo-D Melo-D 8 years
My nieces take it to the head! LOL! Seriously, my niece (the 2 yr old) took her tylenol and said "Mmmmmmmmm Yum Yum Yum!" LOL It was so cute! I wish I had it on tape. Even the my 15 mth niece took her antibiotic with ease. They are really good. Now, let's talk about eye/ear drops. LOL
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Never. I don't want most of it to be things they like and try to get to when they don't need it. However, if my child had a medical issue where they required daily medications I'd probably consider it.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I do it with my neices if they are staying over. Their mom does it too, nothing wrong with it, I WISH they had flavoring when i was a child.
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