Claire doesn't take any prescription medications these days, but gets
plenty of colds and takes cold and cough medicine on occasion. These tips
have been helpful in getting her to take her medicine.
We use plastic syringes to give her the medicine. These are found
in any drug store, and often come with a rubber dispenser to put in
the top of the medicine bottle. Put the syringe into the dispenser,
tip the bottle upside down, fill the syringe, and close the dispenser.
We wait until Claire is ready, then we give her half of the medicine
in the syringe, wait for her to swallow it, then give the rest. She
doesn't take pills and often spills if given medicine from a cup or
If Claire is being obstinate and does not want to take her medicine,
we say sternly, "Claire, you are a big girl and I expect you to
take your medicine." This was a tip from another parent, and it