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    Old 08-06-2003, 07:38 PM   #1
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    Post 4 1/2 month old who spits out his antibiotics ... Need help Fast!!

    Hi everyone
    My son who is now 4 1/2 months developed an ear infection and is supposed to take Trimox .. well, I give it to him using a syringe; but he spits all of it out. Now he'll take tylenol drops without a problem, but the antibiotic ... forget it! Do any of you know if it can be mixed with his formula? Or will it weaken the dose?

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    Old 08-07-2003, 03:18 AM   #2
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    you can mix it into anything you want to as far as i know (i had the same problem when my daughter was about 6 months old. If he is on cereal you can mix it with a small amount of that, or a small amount of formula, just make sure it is a small amount, something you know he will take all of.

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    Well, you should consider giving your son something more natural and maybe the fact that he spits the antibiotics out is telling you something.

    I do not quite understand why a baby so young should be on antibiotics. He certainly has the right idea by spitting it out. Antiobitics will only suppress and he could also end up with an upset tummy too.

    Other more natural methods are a lot better for dealing with these kinds of things rather than antibiotics. Think twice before doing this and help your child to be more healthy.

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    I have to agree I'd rather go the natural approach. But another thought is that when you give them anything they don't like and they spit, try putting it in the side of the mouth in small amounts not all at once, sort of bypass the tongue, this works...sometimes.

    Old 08-07-2003, 07:36 PM   #5
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    Hi, my son AND my nephew had ear trouble that young & were also on antibiotics (which overall helped) Neither liked it. You can mix most, but be sure to check with pharmacist 1st. We also had to do the syringe into the back of the cheek area. Also, like holding their had back....this is what they showed me at ER once. Hopefully it helps....good luck.

    Old 08-08-2003, 01:01 PM   #6
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    You should speak to your pharmacist. There is a flavoring product on the market that a pharmacist can mix with the antibiotics. I have 1 yr old twin grandchildren and after viewing a story segment about this on the "Today" show, she called her pharmacist and he did the mixing. Voila! The kids took the meds with no problem.

    The producet was formulated by a pharmacist with a child suffering from CP (I think) and due to the large amounts of medications she required, he set about to find a way to make it more pleasant for his child.

    Good Luck. I wish this had been an option 26 yrs ago when my daughter was a baby!

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    Old 08-13-2003, 02:03 AM   #7
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    My son did the same thing and I had to buy a whole extra bottle of amoxil half way through the cycle because we had wasted half of the first bottle when he spit/blew it out! I tried mixing it with EBM in a bottle, and I'd only do about an ounce to make sure he drank it all. He liked it that way for about a day, i.e. 3 doses, then realized he didn't like it anymore. Finally, what worked was putting the syringe in his cheek and a finger from my other hand in his mouth...then I'd push half the medicine in...then sort of rub the top of his mouth so he'd suck my finger. This helped him swallow and the meds went down. Of course, then I'd squirt the other half of the dropper and repeat the top of the mouth tickle process.
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    Old 08-22-2003, 06:09 PM   #8
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    Hi. This may sound cruel but it worked with all 3 of my kids.. Right after you squirt the medicine in their mouth, you blow really hard on their face. They instinctively swallow.. A nurse at the ER taught us this trick.

    Old 08-23-2003, 01:40 PM   #9
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    Our daughter three is on a preventative medication she must take daily, that tastes awful. Thankfully Rite-Aid pharmacy (i'm sure other offer it too), offers something called Flavor-X. It costs about 2-3 dollars and you can choose from 20 flavors. It does not alter the medication in any way. This has been a God sent for us. She gladly takes her medicine because it now tastes sweet. Good Luck

    Old 08-23-2003, 03:17 PM   #10
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    Daily meds at the age of 3 seems a little excessive. What is this for, that a 3 year old should be needing to take medication on a daily basis?

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