If Only Medicine Tasted Like Chicken Noodle Soup

Okay, so medicine can be a little gross; however, it’s often the difference between feeling awful and feeling awesome again. But try telling that to a kid.

I have a kid who doesn’t like medicine. Every time Olivia’s sick, it’s the same reaction…struggling, complaining and even some gagging. And that comforting glass of water must be at the ready, for the second after she takes one itty bitty swallow.

When your kid doesn’t like medicine, it’s a challenge for parents. Do you become strict and forceful, or sympathetic and patient?

Our struggles with medicine started when Olivia was 18 months old. She would sometimes get febrile seizures which were alarming. The doctors told us these seizures were quite common in children who would get a high fever. Olivia’s little body couldn’t control the sudden spike in the temperature…often jumping to 104 degrees! The good news was she would outgrow them by age four or five.

It was comforting to know that the seizures would be short-lived, but getting her to take Tylenol or Motrin to get that fever down was stressful. We tried disguising the medicine in applesauce. No real success. The best outcome was just squirting it into her mouth, hoping she would swallow.

And today, even though Olivia is seven, she still hasn’t outgrown that aversion to medicine. (Grape is better than bubble gun, though.) And right before Christmas, she caught a virus that turned into a touch of pneumonia in her right lung.

Enter the antibiotic.

And enter the struggles.

Even though we could now reason with her, Olivia still sat on daddy’s lap stressed out and holding that soothing cup of water.

“Medicine is my enemy” Olivia quipped.

“Why can’t medicine taste like chicken noodle soup? Someday, I’m going to create that.”

Hmm…I like that idea. Why can’t yucky medicine taste like chicken noodle soup? Now there’s a simple solution to the medicine woes of parents everywhere.

Maybe someday taking medicine will be manageable. Until then, I’d love to hear your suggestions for helping the medicine go down…

Until next time…Happy Parenting!


About the Author...
Taryn Vanderford
Taryn Vanderford is an Emmy-winning journalist who currently works on "First at Four", "Pure Nebraska" and "Moms Everyday" for 10/11 and Gray Television.
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