Originally Posted by rachelernst.com
There is so much mystical nature to everything children see because they just don't know. Telling them straight out that it doesn't taste good is something that they don't know. If you can be honest with them all the time, they will trust you and less likely to sneak it.
This is excellent advice.
My kids see me taking my meds, and while my 6-year old DS doesn't really make much of it, 3.5-yo DD always wants medicine. She will say, "My hips hurt!" because she knows that I take meds for the bursitis in my hips. I explain that if her hips hurt, we will take a warm bath or she can lie down and I will rub some sweet-smelling oil on her and give her a massage to feel better, but she doesn't get medicine. (I know her hips don't hurt, but I don't discount what she says by telling her I don't believe her.)
She learned what "this doesn't taste good" meant yesterday, though. She had dental work done for a decayed tooth, and she was hurting pretty bad. They gave us some prescription medication for her, and I tried Motrin first but she was still in pain a few hours later. One squirt of her Rx med into her mouth and she buried her head in the couch, refusing to open her lips for more. Stuff does
taste horrifically bad, I tried a drop to see. I guess they do that so kids don't go in and chug the whole bottle? (That would be really
It will be interesting to see if she is willing to take it after her next dental appointment. She has to go in to get *four* cavities drilled and capped with the stainless steel caps.
Because the conscious sedation for yesterday's work didn't go so well, she will be under general anesthesia.
But afterward, I imagine the lil' thing will be in some pretty bad pain.
Anyone ever consider giving their child a tippy cup a juice or milk for bedtime, send them my way and I can give them a very good example of why this is a terrible idea. Five cavities... ***sigh***