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How can I get my child to take medicine that he refuses to swallow?

When your child doesn’t want to take his medicine, it can be quite a battle of wills. In fact, even if you manage to get your child to open his mouth, he may gag, or be unable to swallow at all. It’s at times like these that a little parental creativity comes in handy.

One way to make your child look forward to their medicine is to get a special spoon or dropper with a fun cartoon character or some other child friendly embellishment on it. Another is to find out from your doctor if there is some sort of flavouring that you can add to the medicine. Many pharmacies sell sweet flavourings that add fruity tastes and even fun colours to your child’s ordinary medicine. That can help any child to take their medicine without too much fuss.

Finally, with older children, you can try explaining that the medicine they are taking will make them feel better, and that if they take it, you will reward them with a special game or treat.

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