How Can I Get My Child to Take His Medicine?

Help the medicine go down with these great tricks.

“My two-year-old won’t take his medicine.” 

Nicole Lasko, via Facebook

The fix: Many pharmacies can add chocolate or watermelon flavoring to a liquid prescription medicine for a few extra dollars. Or, suggests Tanya Remer Altmann, a pediatrician in private practice in Westlake Village, California, you can promise to chase each dose with something sweet: a bit of pudding, a swig of juice, or even a lick of chocolate syrup. If masking the taste doesn’t remedy the issue, present your child with a series of choices to give him a feeling of control, says Gregory J. Young, a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital. A common mentality of two-year-olds is “If it’s not my idea, it’s a bad idea.” Let him decide on the spoon (blue or green?), the location (kitchen or playroom?), and the time (before or after lunch?). Letting him take the reins should help the medicine go down. But no promises on “in the most delightful way.”