9 Clever Ways to Help the Medicine Go Down

Relinquish Control (Sort of)

"When my 2-1/2-year-old was on antibiotics, I gave him the option of taking his medicine in a dropper or in a cup," Dr. Altmann says. "Having a choice gave him a sense of empowerment. He didn't struggle with me because he felt like it was his decision." You can also let your child decide when she's going to take it -- say, before or after bathtime -- or what flavor she wants.

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