DateFebruary 27, 2014
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How To Get Your Kids To Take Medication While Sick

Most kids hate being sick almost as much as adults do. They may enjoy staying home from school, avoiding homework, and getting to watch television and play board games, but they definitely don’t enjoy taking the needed medication that gets them better fast.

While Leolyte has several different flavor options in many fun, cool-looking, and exciting colors (there’s even a clear, tasteless option for infants), that may not necessarily be enough to get your child to take Leolyte. Explaining that they need to be well-hydrated, especially after bouts of vomiting and diarrhea, doesn’t always work either, particularly for the littlest ones.

Tips and Tricks To Get Kids To Take Their Meds

So, how does a concerned parent get their child to take their medication? By following these easy tips from Leolyte:

  • Fill a medicine dropper with Leolyte and put it in their cheek pouch; that way, they don’t taste the drink.

  • Think about how to approach your child – you wouldn’t approach a 7-year-old the same way you’d approach a toddler. Older children can usually be reasoned with – younger kids usually cannot be spoken to like young adults.

  • Combine medicine with a little sweetness, cheekily called, “The Spoonful of Sugar Approach.” Let your child have something sweet and healthy, like berries, while drinking Leolyte, if, for some reason, they don’t like the taste. The berries will mask the drink’s taste, and get electrolytes back in their body quickly and painlessly.

  • Give your drink a makeover. Add a few drops of food dye to Leolyte to change it to your child’s favorite color!

  • Give gifts – if your child loves stickers, for example, give him a new one every time he drinks a Leolyte; if he or she loves coloring books, promise them you’ll take them to the store to get a brand new one, once they are better.

  • Let your child be the adult – sort of. A parent’s goal is to create the illusion, at least in this scenario, that the child is in charge. Let him or her hold the bottle of Leolyte, so they can – forgive the pun – feel that dose of power. One pediatrician reportedly let her toddlers put their medicine into toy teacups, which is not only adorable, but also allows for them to drink their medication on their own – like a grown-up or big kid.

  • Ask advice from your doctor, pharmacist, and/or other parents. Sometimes, a child may dislike the consistency of a medicine, not the actual taste. Though Leolyte is a drink, not a goopy, syrupy medication, for some kids, it may take some getting used to. Understand and allow for that. Explain to them that Leolyte, while good for them, is more like a healthy sports drink versus sticky, yucky liquid medication.

  • Let your kids know that if they don’t get well soon, they won’t be able to see their friends/do their favorite activity. It may seem like a cheap trick, but sometimes, bribery works.

Give ‘Em A Break

In the meantime, make sure your child stays as well as possible while sick – physically, mentally, and emotionally. Encourage naps, and a good nights’ rest; relieve congestion by encouraging hot showers and gentle movement, increase hydration with Leolyte and good, old-fashioned water, give your child plenty of comforting objects like pillows, blankets, and favorite stuffed animals, and offer fun distractions, like movie night and playtime with Mom and Dad. You can even make up for your child missing school by playing educational online games involving shapes, colors, and numbers. Follow those simple and easy steps, and your child’s illness should be much less stressful – on your kid, and on you.

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