Discussions that mention tylenol

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I find with 3 year olds the more you force the more they resist. I know there is one kind of cough medicine you can get in a thin strip form (triaminc maybe? not sure). There are also different flavours and different types, liquid, chewables ect. I have a 3 year old who won't take anything no matter what it is....we've tried liquid, chewable, the quick disolve, she won't take anything. I don't know what we would do if she ever really got sick and absolutly had to take her medicine.
I can't offer any real tips other than if it's a liquid buy a juice that is the same flavor and maybe he won't notice it (grape flavored juice, grape flavored medicine), i know my kids always did though. Don't fight him on it, if he has a favorite treat than bribery sometimes works.
If you can't get him to take it at all than turn on the shower (hot only) and let the bathroom fill up with steam and sit with him in there for a while...put a humidifier in his room at night. Really there isn't much you can do to get a resistant 3 year old to take their medication, they are too young to understand why they need it, they just understand that mommy and daddy are trying to get them to take something that tastes yucky. I think you can also get popcicles and suckers too....look around the pharmacy and see what you can find. Also what i found helpful is to see if you can get a medicine that is more concentrated so that he doesn't need to take as much. I buy the junior strength tylenol for my 3 year old (she's about 40lbs) so that she only has to take one rather than 2-3. but check with the pharmasist and read all lables (most have a weight guide for doses either on the lable or in the package so read carefuly)