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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

10 days

Ten days is a loooooong time to have to give your two year-old antibiotics. Yes, I understand all about having to finish out the medication for the full ten days, even though all symptoms disappeared around day three or four.

But, do you know how hard it was to get said child to take them in the first place?

I followed the doctor's suggestion and had the pharmacy flavor his antibiotics with watermelon flavor. Apparently, the only choices for this antibiotic were bubble gum and watermelon, so I went with what seemed like the less gross of the two.

The first two times that I tried to give it to Bear, he spit it right back out and promptly clamped his jar shut.

After that, I mixed it with juice. Bear was so excited to get extra juice- it's like liquid crack around here, as the boys love it but I limit their intake to one sippyful a day.

That worked pretty well until I RAN OUT OF JUICE. I never run out of juice. Normally, on any given day, I can offer you at least four different varieties of juice from the fridge and there's more stored in the cupboard. But, a few days before Bear got sick, we made this amazing punch that required two bottles of juice, plus it was Monkey's snack day at preschool, which used up another two bottles of juice.

So, I let him drink his medicine with soda, which my children don't ever drink unless they somehow sneak it from a can that Daddy left lying around the house. At least it was 7up, so it wasn't giving him caffeine, but I hated giving him soda...but I hated the thought of him getting sick again more, so I let him drink it.

We're now fully stocked back up on juice, but it doesn't matter. Mixed with juice, mixed with soda, promises of lollipops and cookies, nothing really works in getting him to drink the vile stuff any more. I did have some success with pretending to take a sip every time he did and saying "yummy, yummy." But, he tilted the cup up for me once and I got a small taste of what he's had to choke down twice a day for the past 6 days and it is NOT pleasant.

Four days left. Surely there's an easier way for kids to get their meds than this.


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