|Giving Medicine to Your Toddler|
|Most children have strong feelings about what they eat and drink. But those between the ages of 1 and 4 are most likely to out-and-out refuse to take medicine. At that age they are often wary even of things that we think taste good. |
This natural tendency can be complicated by parents' uncertainty about giving medicine. The secret is believing that your child needs the medicine. A child can sense your doubt and will resist no matter what you do unless you sincerely believe you are doing what is best. So be confident and determined; it's the most effective attitude.
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Always remember to tell it like it is: Medicine is not candy and should never be referred to as candy, no matter how much the taste is altered.
Listening to your child's feelings about taking medicine before you attempt to give it will often take the edge off strong resistance. If you continue to be firm about the need to take the medicine while continuing to listen, you may be amazed by the cooperation you eventually gain. Read More...