When it comes to coaxing your child to take their required medication, it can be a bitter pill to swallow. They may put up a huge struggle, making the process a lot more difficult than it needs to be.
However, with the right approach, you can make administering eyedrops or getting some elixir down their throats easier for everyone, while ensuring your child is getting the medicine they need to recover properly. Here are seven tips to help the medicine go down…
1. Come At It Positively
EveryDayHealth.com notes that kids can read you like a book – so if you approach them with a medicine bottle and a somber look on your face, it might put them into resistance mode. When it comes to older kids, “reason and encouragement” are key, notes the source. Explain to them why they need the medicine – give them the benefits.
The challenge can be greater for younger kids, who will “take cues from a parent’s emotions,” it adds. In short, the more frustration you show, the more resistance you’ll encounter.