A Spoonful of Sugar DOES Make the Medicine Go Down

463482776_f68f8a7be8_mProps to Poppins. Seems like there was something about Mary’s advice after all. According to New York’s Cherry’s Pharmacy for kids, voted Best Drugstore by New York magazine, the best way to counter the icky taste of medicine so your child will actually take his dose is chocolate: Give him a few M&M’s before and right after.

Some of the award winning services Cherry’s offers are custom blending specific flavors of medicine (if your child doesn’t like bubble gum, they’ll whip up something else, like peanut butter), and liquefying tablets for kids who can’t swallow pills. They ship anywhere in the world, in case anyone’s interested.

Now, we know that sugar is a touchy subject for a lot of moms and dads, and you might not want to dance with that devil. Perhaps it can serve as a last resort, though, for a kid who simply isn’t taking his much needed medicine?

In light of cold and flu season coming down the pike, any other pill or medicine taking methods that you parents have perfected? What’s worked for you? What hasn’t? And if you have any tips for giving pills to cats, post those too. A friend’s cat has caught on to the sudden windfall of fresh turkey that was coming his way.

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  1. by judy

    On November 12, 2007 at 9:39 am

    I learned the hard way about getting kids to swallow pills and so my advice to everyone is to teach them to do it in advance! Don’t wait until you have to get them to swallow one! Use M&M’s or some other candy. This summer, I had to get Oliver to take Malairia pills. Even though he’s nine, he never had to swallow one before. The whole experience was completely traumatic. He was tense, we were tense, we were on the internet trying every technique—jello, gingerale, our whole dining room table was covered with candy and stuff to help him. If we had practiced before the need arose it would have been so much better—I can’t even imagine if he were actually sick! So, if you have a kid over five don’t forget to teach them under calm circumstances! Learn from my bad experience!

  2. by Ron

    On November 12, 2007 at 10:00 am

    I know. I am ashamed to admit that I was literally in college before I could swallow a pill. Ridiculous, I know, but true. Growing up, my parents would have to melt any medicine on a spoon and choking that down was a really awful experience. At least my parents didn’t have to worry about me doing recreational drugs, though, I guess. ; )

  3. by laura_s

    On November 12, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    my dad used to hide medicine in my cereal, so when i was sick and he tried to feed me cocoa pebbles – he wasn’t fooling anyone! i got in the habit of refusing to eat unless i could watch him prepare my meal when sick. HELLO DIVA!