Ugh! The Love/Hate Relationship with Medicine (pills) in this House!!

Phyl CampbellStarred Page By Phyl Campbell, 4th Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1ru2kjs4/
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Remembering some old tricks to help the medicine go down...

Background

I was over 20 years of age before swallowing pills was not a tremendous ordeal for me. Embarrassingly, I was taught how by a kid 17 years my junior. More embarrassing was that both my parents were (one more directly than the other) both in the medical profession. Fast forward a decade and my son is facing the same trauma. He's not sick very often (neither was I at this age), but he's nearly a teenager, big and tall for his age, and must either consume copious amounts of nasty-tasting children's medicine or FEAR THE PILL.

What Are We, As Parents, To Do?

I am fond of saying that if the child is well enough to fight taking the medicine, he doesn't need it. Given my background with such foul and nasty chemicals, knowledge of adverse reactions, the growing dependence on drugs in the US, and other factors, I try to limit drug usage as much as possible. But this year's allergy season in Arkansas has been vicious. And I listen to my son cough and cough and I know he needs some chemical help to clear the mucus before it settles into his lungs. I don't want to yell at him (though I want to yell in frustration), but I don't want to be a pushed-over parent, either. I think he is old enough. I know how baseless my fears were. I have bent over backwards to teach my son how to swallow pills. We've watched youtube videos like this one:

. The young man that taught me tried to teach my son. But just like when I was little, nothing is clicking except for very tiny pills.

Will Sprinkles Save the Day over Liquid Medication?

Luckily, one of the medicines we have found with guaifensin for our summertime-allergy-ridden son comes in packets that look like white sprinkles. He should just be able to sprinkle the packets (for his weight, he must use two at a time), directly onto his tongue like a Pixie Stick, but he gags at the taste and more sprinkles end up on the counter than in him.

Sometimes Working Solution(s), Pun Intended

We tried different things to make the sprinkles more palatable.
(My sister's medication was sprinkled into ice cream years ago, and now she avoids the frozen treat. We didn't want that!!)
We let him sprinkle the meds into water, but he didn't like the taste.
We let him try it with chocolate milk and soda, but the sprinkles stuck to the sides of the glass. (They stuck with water, too, but adding more water was easier than adding more of something that wasn't clear.)
He was tired of drinking before the medicine was consumed, and we honestly worried about the medication losing effectiveness by being dissolved in liquid before in his system. With as hard as we worked to get him to take the medicine, we wanted it to work! But nothing worked well, and he still complained.

Dum Da Da Da!!!!!! Enter our hero -- Whipped Cream!!

And our red caped friend, the strawberry. Though we worried that this technique would turn him off whipped cream the way my sister no longer likes ice cream, for right now, pouring the sprinkles over whipped cream and allowing our son to stir it up with the strawberry and then lick the medicine and whipped cream off the strawberry-as-spoon yields a happy boy who takes his medicine. The first time, he ate the strawberry (and two of the strawberry's closest friends). That was a little too much for him. The next two times, he used the strawberry as a spoon and then (to my horror) tossed it in the garbage before I could stop him! He said he wasn't hungry anymore.
Next time, we are forgoing our red-caped crusader, and just giving our son a spoon.

Tags

Allergies, Choking, Fast Melts, Medicine, Pills, Sick, Swallowing Pills

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
I am "Author, Mother, Dreamer." I am also teacher, friend, Dr. Pepper addict, night-owl. Visit my website -- phylcampbell.com -- or the "Phyl Campbell Author Page" on Facebook.

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author avatar Retired
4th Jun 2013 (#)

Nice work.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
4th Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Jun 2013 (#)

It does not come easy sometimes! siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
4th Jun 2013 (#)

So true, Siva!

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author avatar philpalm
6th Jun 2013 (#)

Nice that you made star page. This blog was pretty "bitter" to read.

My herbal friend had a concoction that could help folks with high blood pressure. The only problem was that the drink was too bitter to drink.

Definitely if the medicine is too bitter to take, then you might never see someone cured of their malady.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
6th Jun 2013 (#)

There are so many puns in there I don't know where to begin. So I'll just do what I would do in person. Imagine me heartily laughing, and then, because I'm laughing by myself, it's cut short and ends in a sigh... <pause>

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
6th Jun 2013 (#)

Uh oh! I wrote things in square brackets that did not show up -- I forgot about the adv formatting thing. Well, on front side of the "<pause>", I had laughing. On the back end, I had a sigh. It was visually lovely to behold.

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3rd Dec 2013 (#)

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
4th Dec 2013 (#)

Hi again Miss rose. Have you written an article yet? The last few times I checked, you hadn't. I'd really like to see what things you would write about, so I can return the favor and leave YOU a comment. Have a great day.

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