Question for Single Mommies...

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Question for Single Mommies...
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Mon, 10-13-2003 - 5:40pm
I know you are going to read this and roll your eyes but I have a question. We have always given medicine and breathing treatments as a tag team effort. DH gives the medicine and I hold the child down for the medicine. With DH sick, he has not been able to help.

Alex had a severe asthma attack on Thursday and our ped. sent us to the ER. He is now on oral presidone (misspelled), amoxicillin and 4 hours breathing treatments. I am having a horrible time figuring out how to give him the medicine by myself. The little stinker already knows how to lock his teeth and spit it out. I have tried to put the amoxicillin in milk and it is not working. He is two so there is really no bribing him.

Any suggestions? Also, why does the ped. bother prescribing grape oral medication or bubble gum tasting Amoxicillin? Alex doesn't care. He is not going to take it anyway. He glares at the medicine spoon and immediatly clamps those little toddler teeth.

Kristi-who wants one month to go by with no ER visits or at least become a secret shopper of ER's so I can earn some money from it!

"I do not want to be a princess! I want to be myself"

Mallory (age 3)

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Mon, 10-13-2003 - 8:26pm
I'm not a single mom, but I've had to deal with my boys medications and breathing treatments. My DS1 was hospitalized at 19 mos. of age with severe asthma. I know what it's like to deal with a toddler with asthma. My boys took their medicine without any trouble.

I don't have any words of wisdom. I'm just posting this to give you moral support. Hang in there, Mom.

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Mon, 10-13-2003 - 8:47pm
my dd used to give me a hard time, so i would hold her nose so she would have no choice but to swallow the meds. i know its mean, but the ultimate goal was a bigger issue. yes, she still loves me. LOL.

hang in there. i have asthma, but thank goodness, my children dont. lauren's kids must have inherited their asthma from me, and their other grandfather.

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Mon, 10-13-2003 - 8:59pm
(((Kristi))) Also not a single mom (although I'm usually the one dispensing meds)--can you use a syringe to shoot it in his mouth? I know the motrin ones say not to use them w/anything else, but I did it w/DS's augmentin a few weeks back anyway. Or, will he take it out of a medicine cup (like the kind that come w/Nyquil or Pepto)? DS will drink almost anything out of a "big boy" cup. I used that a few times, also. W/the syringe, it doesn't matter if their teeth are clamped if you shoot it in their cheek (or, as awful as it sounds, right down their throat).

GL--if all else fails, I'm with Beth, hold his nose.

Hugs, Christi

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Mon, 10-13-2003 - 9:21pm

Kristi,

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Mon, 10-13-2003 - 9:58pm
My DD(3yrs) used to throw up after being given any meds, did not matter what kind it was. Anyway, we found that mixing the Amox with Strawberry milk works for her (she's on it right now) and I know lots of people don't agree with "bribing", but a Hershey's kiss right after her meds also works. Sending you big hugs and good thoughts because it sounds like you really have your hands full right now!

PS: No longer a Single Mom, but used to be!
Megan
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Tue, 10-14-2003 - 12:37am
Since dh was rarely around those years, this is what I did. I put the child on her back on a bed or sofa. Then with my knee and leg, I would pin her down. I always had the meds in one of those dosing syringes (doesn't spill during the struggle that way). Then with one hand I would squeeze her cheeks to get her mouth open and with the other squirt in the meds. The other advantage of the syringe is that you don't need the mouth open all the way to get the meds in. Obviously neither of us found this procedure either pleasant or enjoyable. So, before each med attack, I always told her that she had the option of just standing still and opening her mouth, because the meds had to be taken one way or the other. Eventually, she relented and took them voluntarily. It still took 10 minutes to convince her and she still cried and complained for at least 30 minutes after, but it was better than the wrestling match. I developed the wrestling technique originally for changing her diaper, another challenge.
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Tue, 10-14-2003 - 5:03am
I'm a single parent, but John never refused his meds.

I dunno; ask your pediatrician if you can mix the meds in juice or apple sauce or something, maybe.

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Tue, 10-14-2003 - 5:18am
I didn't know that my being single was the reason for it, but I used to have to hold Joel down and use the "squirter" to shoot it into his mouth. I seriously doubt it would've been easier with another person. My experience has been that most things work better if I don't have "help" with them.LOL

He started taking pills at a very early age. It's made all the difference in the world.


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Tue, 10-14-2003 - 9:18am
Supposedly they have grape flavored prednisone now but he still won't take it. He takes one look at me getting the meds out of the frig and runs and hides.

He was scared of the breathing treatments. I think it is the loud noise but now he just sits there. I was having to hold him while DH did the breathing treatment. I spent most mornings covered in snot and tears. I think he finally realizes it makes him feel better. Thank goodness for that realization.

We are using a medicine spoon and I think that is the problem. I am going to get a syringe and try it. I know it is whiny but DH has always been the med person. I just hold and wipe the medicine off DS's face. I am trying to get used to doing it myself.

Kristi

"I do not want to be a princess! I want to be myself"

Mallory (age 3)

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Tue, 10-14-2003 - 9:23am

Not a single parent, but a mom who used to force

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