Dear Pharmaceuticals,

Please, I’m begging you, with all the advancements that have been made with modern medicine, surely, surely there must be away to convert liquid antibiotics into a suppository or even better, manufacture them in such a way that they look and taste like chocolate?

I look forward to hearing from you.


Desperate Mother!

Yesterday was not a great day. We started the morning at around 1am to the sounds of hysterical crying from Ava’s room and shouts of how she had “spitted”.  In a sleep daze, we stumbled down the passage and were assaulted by the stench of sour milk and vomit before we’d even opened her bedroom door.

The day got progressively worse. I landed up working from home so that I could ferry Ava to the Dr and take care of her as she only wants me when she’s sick and screams at both Walter and Loveness to get away from her. The Dr confirmed what I had suspected, a severe throat and sinus infection that was causing a post nasal drip bad enough to make her vomit. He prescribed antibiotics for her and sent us on our way.

Because of the 12+ rounds of Tonsillitis Ava battled between the ages of 9 months and 2 years, prior to her tonsils being removed, she has now developed a strong aversion to antibiotics and Dr’s in general so I knew we were in for a battle. To make matters worse, the antibiotic the Dr prescribed has to be taken twice daily and in 10ml doses each time, that is a really large dose!

Round one of the administrations went to me and left me sweating and cursing and Ava covered in snot and vomit. She has developed a skill for making herself vomit when she doesn’t want to take her medicine.

Walter and I had a discussion about it and took to google to come up with ways to get her to take the all important antibiotics.

Here are a few of the things we tried:

  • Holding her down and forcing it in, which results in spitting, vomiting, crying (both her and I) and doesn’t get us anywhere, even using a syringe does not work.
  • Bribery – Walter bought a stash of bribery at Woolies yesterday, cool fairy tins filled with sweets, coloured pens etc. Yeah, she’s stubborn and while she wanted the bribery desperately, was not willing to bend to our will in order to receive the bribe.
  • Spanking – this is something we never do and won’t do again. It does nothing but escalate her behaviour.
  • Gifts – Ava got a huge stash of pressies at her party on Sunday, so many in fact that she became quite overwhelmed by them all and we’ve packed half of them away for her to open tomorrow morning. I’ve even tried taking gifts out of the cupboard and offering to allow her to open if on condition she takes her AB’s. But it’s a not go, she simply will not bend.
  • Mixing the AB’s with yoghurt – which she then refuses to eat.
  • Threatening to not allow her to go to school today – this resulted in much wailing and begging and just as I was leaving this morning, sans Ava, she began heart-wrenching sobbing which really made me feel very guilty and when Loveness picked her up to soothe her, Loveness asked me, with big tears in her eyes: “Sharon, please forgive her?” How could I not, so after a change of clothes, off we went to holiday club.

I’m dreading this evening when we have to repeat this entire process again! This morning took an hour to get only half the dose in which she then promptly vomited up!

I need help! Please, somebody give me THE ANSWER!??? We’ve literally tried everything and nothing works, short of giving is as a suppository, which probably won’t work, or taking her to hospital and having it given in a drip infusion, I don’t know what to do any more.

This morning I eventually had to just walk away. The only thing that made me feel better and relieved some of my frustration was leaving Ava with Loveness, going into my bedroom, closing the door and then standing in the bathroom and slamming the door with all of my might so that it made a loud crashing sound while I screamed out my frustration and repeating the exercise five times.


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  • Reply Jenny

    When Evan didn’t want to open her mouth so the doc could check it, he was trying everything to make her do it. I then calmly sat her down (and she’s only 2 and a bit) and explained to her that the doctor can’t make her better and stop her bomit if he can’t see her throat so he can give medicine. So she opened her mouth. What struck me about it is we often actually overlook just plain reasoning as an option. Just a thought – maybe sit her down and calmly explain that she has to take the medicine or she won’t get better? It may or may not work but what have you got to lose?

    December 12, 2012 at 11:16 am
  • Reply blackhuff

    I hear you. We all were here at some point.
    Did you try to sit with her and explain to her why it’s so important to take the meds? Some kids don’t want to take the meds because they don’t understand why they need to take it. This worked for our children.
    We sat down with them, calmly explaining to them that they need to take the meds to feel better. Try to tell her that this will make her stop “spitting”.
    Good luck

    December 12, 2012 at 11:19 am
  • Reply Melinda

    I am gonna throw suggestions out there…things we have worked out with Jada (we spent 5 months of giving her medicines twice a day…miserable cold we could not get rid of).

    1. Mixing it with her milk/milkshake bottle
    2. Giving her medicine in a T spoon and not a syringe
    3. Filling the syringe and giving it to her, so she can administer herself

    Hope you find a solution

    December 12, 2012 at 11:20 am
  • Reply ankia

    Maybe you should ask the doc for a different type of AB. James had one prescribed once that wasn’t that horrible milky/creamy stuff that they mix in the pharmacy. It tasted very similar to neurofen. Apart from suggesting that or taking her to the hospital to get it via a drip I’m all out… Sorry 🙁

    December 12, 2012 at 11:47 am
  • Reply Tracy

    We use the medicine spoons with the hollow handles with measurements on them. I put half antibiotic and half mango juice and mix it. I also have a glass of mango juice at hand as a “chaser”. It only works with mango juice because it is thick enough and sweet enough to mask the taste and texture of those awful ABs. Good luck!

    December 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Denise

    Jaden has been hospitalised before and I tell him he doesn’t have to take meds we’ll just wait until he’s so sick that he has to go to hospital and then they can put the BIG needle in his hand and give him the meds through the needle.

    Neeless to say he opens wide!

    December 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm
  • Reply Fiona

    Zoe has an older brother so all we have to do is pretend Ethan is getting medicine and explain it’s just for him. It has her jumping up and down begging for some medicine too, it’s awesome 🙂

    With Ethan who suffered from multiple chest infections the only thing that worked was holding him down, squirting it in his mouth and blowing in his face so he would get a fright, take a breath and swallow.

    December 12, 2012 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply Lea White

    Get some syringes and put some fruit juice or flavoured milk or something. Turn it into a game and let her squirt hers into her own mouth and you do for yourself. Then at some point you can do this with the antibiotics and she should be okay with it. That’s what we did with Bianca when she was sick.

    December 13, 2012 at 8:45 am
  • Reply SpiritedMama1

    Ok, this is definitely not an easy task but once you find yoru groove it’ll be smooth sailing.
    With Dudie, he never liked the syringe or being forced. He used to wail until he vomitted… But then I started using a teaspoon or medicine spoon and he was good to go. Strangely, I think he likes medicine. Especially the bad tasting ones. He asks for more.
    Try a small fancy “medicine” cup. He loved the idea of having a special cup. Some meds have those cups on teh cap. Or maybe get a special plastic cup. I used some old character cup and it worked.

    And last do explain why you do what you do. They don’t always comprehend that it is in fact that same medicine that makes them better.

    If all else fails, distract. Wait until child opens mouth and insert spoon. Then laugh and say “Got cha”. This used to get him chuckling an dhe almost always forgot to be pissed that he just got meds 🙂
    I wish you luck and hope you have a breakthrough soon.

    December 13, 2012 at 11:23 am
  • Reply Mash

    I know sweet bugger all about this, but spiritedmama’s comment made me think how all kids love plasters especially with characters on them and they love people to fuss over their “sore”. So maybe the medicine could be “sold” to them with a similar marketing ploy? Special things that only happen when she is sick. Special cups she can only use then, and maybe turn it into a game, like she can be the doctor and examine you, then you can be the doctor and examine her. You take some pretend “medicine” and she takes the real stuff…

    January 3, 2013 at 3:14 pm
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