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How to Keep a Child From Spitting Out Medicine

author image Tiffany Raiford
Tiffany Raiford has several years of experience writing freelance. Her writing focuses primarily on articles relating to parenting, pregnancy and travel. Raiford is a graduate of Saint Petersburg College in Florida.
How to Keep a Child From Spitting Out Medicine
Giving medicine to a child who spits it out can be made easier. Photo Credit: Dynamic Graphics Group/Dynamic Graphics Group/Getty Images

Few things in life are as frustrating and worrisome as watching your child spit out the medicine you gave her to help lower her fever, stop her terrible cough and just make her better. Most parents have been in the same situation, and it never ceases to worry any of them. You know that with this medication, you can help your child feel better, feel more comfortable and ease your own worries, but she doesn’t understand that, despite its awful taste, she needs it.

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Step 1

Camouflage your child’s medication, advises the Ask Dr. Sears website. For example, if your child is prone to spitting out medicine because she hates the taste, sneak it into a small bowl of applesauce or mix it with a little bit of water and pass it off as juice. You can put it in anything, but be sure not to use too much food or drink because you don’t want your child filling up before she is finished and not finishing the medication.

Step 2

Use a medicine dropper and aim it toward the back of your child’s cheek. According to the Children’s Medical Group of Wisconsin, by aiming the medication toward the cheek, as close to her throat as possible, she is less likely to spit it out. If you worry she will still spit it out, gently hold her cheeks together once the medication is in her mouth. She will have no choice but to swallow it, even if she is upset that you forced her to do so.

Step 3

Ask your child’s doctor if the medication she was prescribed comes in a form other than liquid, advises the Ask Dr. Sears site. For example, if the medication comes in a chewable tablet, you might ask for that to prevent your child from spitting it out. If she still doesn’t want to take the chewable tablet, you can try crushing it and adding a bit of water to it so that a paste is created. Place the paste on your finger and insert it into your child’s mouth. You can avoid her teeth by placing your finger against the inside of her cheek; this will cause her to swallow the medication without fuss.

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