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Try a two-pronged approach: Teach proper technique. Many of us were taught to tilt the face upward when swallowing, but recent research see here shows, that this actually makes it harder to swallow. The suggestion is to either a) put the pill on the tongue, then suck a big gulp of water from a plastic bottle or b) put the pill on the tongue, take some ...


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There's technique as @Stephie detailed (+1 btw), but don't forget the psychology. No one wants to swallow a pill, especially young ones (rather ironic since they don't always want to chew their food well, either). For my daughter, we made it a game: Get the boat to float in the water and then swallow it all. Years later she stilled referred to "floating ...


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Here are a few things I've recommended. I know this might gross some people out. Some pills (some antibiotics and others) are notoriously bitter/ bad tasting. As soon as they hit the tongue, they start to dissolve, leaving a bad taste and a desire to spit the thing out, which only makes you hold it there longer and get more bad taste in the mouth. A butter ...


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This is advice based on adult experience, so take it with a grain of salt: I was catheterized once briefly (just in and out, to help me void my bladder while I was giving birth) and was told to watch out for UTI signs after, because catheters can cause a UTI. So if I were you I would not ask for it routinely.


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Since the root of the issue seems to be about resolving parenting style conflicts I would look at discussion that. You can bring up this subject and discuss how you want to handle this sort of thing. Communication is the key. You need to establish the process you will use when issues of difference of opinion and parenting style arise and agree that you ...


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I'm assuming that your daughter is very young--not quite 1 yet maybe? Older children are usually capable of giving a urine sample, so if they had to use a catheter then obviously she's not old enough to do that, yet. In small children, fever, vomiting, and general crankiness can be the only signs of a UTI. They can also be signs of gastroenteritis, which, ...


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It's unlikely you would have never known except by "luck." The worst case is the fever still doesn't break after a few days, so you go back in and they run more tests. You know your child better than any doctor. You followed your instincts and it worked out. However, they can't test for everything all the time. They have to go with what is most likely ...


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How you should react will depend on what your child has gotten into and how they are currently acting. First, lets clarify what each option will get you. Poison Control (U.S.: 1-800-222-1222) See This URL for information about who you will be talking to (medical experts in toxicology), what information they will ask you, etc. The Poison Control Center ...


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When my son has to take prednisolone I sandwich the dose between teaspoons of honey and graham crackers. It is supposed to be taken with food anyway, and I find that the honey + cracker makes a coating on his tongue so that he can't taste the medicine as much. You know what they say..."a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down..." Honey is also good ...


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As a kid, I learned by putting the pill in a dab of yogurt on a teaspoon. It was the old-fashion thick yogurt with lots of sugar. Unlike a pill (or even a piece of small candy) swallowing a blob of yogurt feels natural. The yogurt acted as a lubricant against the pill sticking to a dry mouth or tongue. The yogurt also overpowers the bitter taste you ...


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According to the US Dept. of Health and Human Services Poison Help website and the Mayo Clinic, you should first call Poison Control, unless the victim is unconscious, having trouble breathing, having seizures, or is "uncontrollably restless or agitated" (I assume this is meant to be a proxy for high adrenaline levels, and not meant to imply simply stressed ...


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Physically, this should be relatively straightforward, at that age they can't bite that hard - and you can use a thumb to help hold the jaw open. But a more useful way to do this is to get her cooperation - at that age, especially if the ulcer is hurting her, help her understand what the medicine will do to help. Of course this is easier if it tastes nice, ...


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Medication noncompliance is an issue with about 70% of schizophrenic patients. There are a number of reasons for this, including: Lack of awareness (I'm not sick, so why should I take medication?). This is biological. Denial (patient knows he is sick but refuses to believe it). This is psychological. Side effects which doctors often underestimate. ...


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Of course, your ideal solution would be for your wife to see the error of her ways and agree with you that homoeopathy is just expensive water. But then again, your wife would prefer for you to come around to her point of view. Neither is very likely to happen, from what I gather from your story. I assume you've reasoned this six ways from Sunday with her ...


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From the perspective of this site (as opposed to Skeptics.SE), it doesn't matter whether the medical treatment in question is Homeopathy or Vaccination or Penicillin. The issue is that your wife and you have a disagreement over how you medically treat your child. Someone can correct me if they think they have a contender, but I'm willing to say that there ...


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To start with, I am neither a skeptic nor a believer regarding homeopathy. My brother is a vet, and he has used it successfully to cure animals. Some very close friends of us have used it for years, on all of their children, reportedly with great results. My wife has tried several times, without any noticeable effect. I know there has been no scienetifically ...


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A warm soak doesn't have to be sitting around with hands in a bowl. Try filling a sink, or, even the high chair tray (you will need to refill often probably, and, need several towels or a mop to clean spills) with the warm soapy water and a few toys and see if the baby will play. I don't know too many kids that don't like playing in soapy water. The biggest ...


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I always hated taking pills. Here are some things that helped me: Practice swallowing with soft and slimy food objects first. I recommend standard (cooked) cheesy noodles made with elbow or shell macaroni. Pick one noodle out with your spoon and see if you can swallow it without chewing. (Disclaimer: Supervise in case of choking. I never had problems with ...


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I used to have the worst problems both with taste and with it sticking to my tongue, and this technique solved both issues for me. I'm the only one I know who does this, and I'm not sure how I came up with it, but maybe it will help. I actually put pills under my tongue, just behind my bottom front teeth. Then as the water comes in, I use the tip of my ...


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While some pills you can't really do much about, many medicines (such as pain relievers, antihistamines, etc.) come in several different forms, and some are easier to swallow than others. In the same vein as the 'training' idea, if he has to take a Claritin every day, get the kind that have a coating that tastes good or even the ones that dissolve in the ...


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The technique that worked for me was to gently hold the pill between my back teeth, take a big gulp of water and let release the pill as I swallow the water. That way, the pill isn't sitting on your tongue tasting nasty and sticking to it. I've never tried to teach a child to swallow pills but I did use that technique to teach a ~20-year-old adult who'd ...


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I've always be horrible with taking pills, even now I can only really manage a small, round-shaped Tylenol, but a couple of things that help me (which goes against some of the advice mentioned here, I'll admit): Use a wide-rimmed glass with a small amount of water. A short glass (like a juice glass or smaller) helps me a lot. Before taking the pill, I ...


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Try practicing on Tic-Tacs or small tablets - i.e. vitamins. Also, a nurse advised us when swallowing a pill to put your head down and to the right. This has been very helpful; and will certainly - if nothing else - help in preventing painful swallows! I hope this helps! :)


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I was terrible at swallowing pills for years. My inability to swallow tablets and capsules was a contributing factor to simply lying down in bed when I had a headache instead of taking some Tylenol, for example. The few times where I had an acute condition that required swallowing a pill, it would be a big chore that occasionally resulting in spitting out ...


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I can suggest this course of steps to you: Give your daughter something sweet just before taking a medicine - Something like chocolate would be an example option. Explain that if she takes the medicine fast, the medicine will be in her mouth for a shorter time and will not be so terrible. Immediately, after swallowing the medicine follow it with with juice ...


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Have you tried using a dropper? It helps by getting the medicine past the tongue. It takes a little longer but we have had far more success with droppers than cups. What follows is not a quick fix but rather a long term suggestion. I find that the most important aspect of giving medicine to both pets & kids is in the approach. If you approach the ...


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I'd try something with a strong flavor that he likes. Ice cream, milk, apple sauce, etc. are all pretty bland when compared to strong flavors. Milk-based products (and bread) may help as chasers, though, as I've found them to be pretty good at palate cleansing (they're particularly useful for spicy stuff, but they generally help with other things in my ...


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If the medicine is a gel, I would try to apply it to my finger first, then holding the mouth with the other hand, gently apply it to the sores. I have a 1.5 yr old as well, and I KNOW they wont sit still. Nor listen to "reason". So maybe try when in the highchair, as being restricted somewhat may help. You could also try putting the medicine on the back of ...



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