Friday, April 26, 2013

Medicating our Babies

First, I feel that I should explain: This is not a post about giving Benedryl to babies to get them to sleep or even rubbing whiskey on their gums for teething. No, this is about actual medication needed and benefiting our babies and how the hell to dose it out!

As of this week, Spencer takes 4 different medications. In the evening he takes Oxy Powder, that was how it started. He's been known to drink it from a ramekin or take it from a syringe. He started out being very "good" at taking his medicine. Some nights were more difficult than others. Then we added his Atenelol (half a pill), which is a beta blocker he takes for his hyperthyroidism. I just add it in with the Oxy Powder.

Yes, I have to first cut a pill in half, then crush it.
I put it into a ramekin and hand-express breastmilk into it.

In the morning, now, he takes 1.2mg of Loratadine (Claritin) as well as half of a baby aspirin (also cut and crushed like above). I can mix the orange powder into the loratadine and still even add breastmilk to make it a little less thick and hopefully easier to take.

He is figuring out that medicine can be gross. The Atenelol does not taste good. Sometimes we can trick him into opening his mouth for an imaginary teething tablet. I've sometimes had luck getting him to look UP at a toy or book and sneaking the syringe into his mouth. Sometimes we have to literally hold his arms down and pry his mouth open. It pains me to write that.

I really, really hate having to be so forceful with him. I hate it. Its awful. :( But... without the Oxy Powder, his bowel movements make him scream and cry. He needs the thyroid medication to keep his hormones in check. Without the allergy medicine, his eyes get glued shut and he can barely breathe. And he definitely needs to take the aspirin, for 6 months. It is to prevent any clotting while his heart heals over the device used to close the hole in his heart. (I'm sure I'll write about THAT sometime, too.)

What to do? No, seriously, what do I do? I'm really looking for some solutions here. What has worked for you? When Tyler was little, I'd dangle a maraschino cherry behind the spoon of nasty medicine, a promise to get that taste out of her mouth immediately. But Spencer isn't old enough to eat a cherry, nor to understand the bribe deal.

How do you help the medicine go down?


  1. Talk to your pharmacist first to make sure it doesn't change the properties of the medication, but applesauce is an awesome concealer. Just feed it to Spencer as part of his meal(s) hope this helps! :)

  2. Our daughter is pretty good about it, except right after surgery. We have had to hold her down, also, and different things work for a while, then they change and you have to find something new :) It never feels great to hold them down, but when they need the meds, holding them down is worth it.

  3. I would try a tsp of manaku honey or applesauce.

    1. Oooh, honey! Great idea! I got him to take it tonight just in a spoon. Same stuff as always, just a different delivery method!

  4. It sucks when we have to do something we are so against, but it be so necessary for health reasons. Sigh. <3 to you Momma Jorje. I feel your pain.

    My trick is better than applesauce. Peach puree. Seriously. I had to crush meds for a while after I had weight loss surgery and neither yogurt or applesauce hid it well (once it hit the back of the mouth- GAG city). The tartness of the peaches tricks the bitter receptors in the back of the mouth as the medicine is going down. As long as he doesn't try to chew/smush it, then it should go down easy peasy.

    Trick is put a little peach puree on the spoon, add a little medicine mixture (depends on how much it is if you can get it in with one fail swoop), then COVER the rest of the spoon entirely with more peaches.

    1. Thanks, I'll keep this in mind! I picked up Strawberry Applesauce and tried it last night - it worked perfectly! But I know we'll have to change things up on occasion, so this will be another solution.

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