Health Tip: Giving Kids Medicine

-- It's often a challenge to convince kids to take much-needed medicine when they're sick.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions to make medicine more palatable for children:

  • Refrigerate liquid medicines before giving them to a child.
  • If the doctor or pharmacist says it's ok, mix the medication with a bit of juice or pudding.
  • Ask your pharmacist to mix flavoring into the medication before you take it home.
  • Explain to the child that the medicine will help him or her feel better.

Posted: November 2011


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