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Posted by Dad on October 03, 2000 at 12:32:38:

In Reply to: Re: Oral Medication posted by Cheryl on October 02, 2000 at 23:54:39:

My boy hates to take any type of medicine, regardless of liquid, pill, etc. We have had the best success with using pills, actually, as he simply refuses to swallow liquids and either spits them out or nearly chokes on them if we try to encourage him by rubbing his throat, etc.

When we started our chelation for lead, we had the same problem. I would hold his arms and legs, and my wife would hold his head, and push the capsule to the back of his throat. to force it to go down. He bit her a couple of times, and I know it had to really hurt, although there was no blood.

Finally one evening about a week into it she was at work, and I didn't have the older two kids to help me. I didn't know how I was going to get his dose down. I sat him down, and told him flat out that he was going to take it, and that I wasn't going to put up with any foolishness, so he might as well just cooperate.

Do you know the little booger sat still, adn when I said open your mouth he did! I was able to push the pills to the back of his mouth with no resistance, and then as a reward, I took him down to the playground for about an hour. So much for no receptive language or the diagnosis of mild MR.

We have had no trouble with him taking medicine since then. This may or may not work for you, but you might try explaining to him what you expect him to do. My boy is non-verbal, with almost zero expressive communication (not just verbal, but also no gestures, no pointing, etc.) We have seen his receptive language increase using our ABA program, but the little breakthru with medicating took place before we started it. I think alot of our children have a lot more in the ball than we are able to detect.

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