It's often a challenge to convince kids to take much-needed medicine when they're sick.
The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions to make medicine more palatable for children:
- Refrigerate liquid medicines before giving them to a child.
- If the doctor or pharmacist says it's ok, mix the medication with a bit of juice or pudding.
- Ask your pharmacist to mix flavoring into the medication before you take it home.
- Explain to the child that the medicine will help him or her feel better.
Health Tip: Store Medications Safely
Storing medications properly can help preserve them and help keep them from getting into the wrong hands.
The Cleveland Clinic offers these medication-storage recommendations:
- Follow storage instructions on the medication. Unless otherwise specified, keep them in a cool, dark and dry place.
- Avoid leaving medications in your car, bathroom or near any source of water or dampness.
- Refrigerate medications only if it says to do so on the label.
- Make sure all medications are stored safely out of a child's reach.
- If using a pill organizer, make sure all medications are easily identified.
- Keep medications in original containers with lids tightly closed; dispose of medications that are expired or those you no longer need.