Encouraging a child to take medicine can be a difficult task. Common reasons why children don’t want to take medicine may include:
Not understanding why they need to take it
Not liking the taste or texture
Having difficulty swallowing medication
It’s important that your child understands why it’s necessary to take 2 doses of Koselugo every day. Be sure to talk about it in a way that’s positive. And, as your child grows, you may need to change your approach to ensure that the dosing schedule is followed.
Suggestions to help give medicine to young children:
- Role playing can be helpful: Pretending to give a favorite doll or teddy bear some medicine can make taking medicine more fun
- Try to do a positive, fun activity after your child takes the medicine. This may help motivate your child to take the medicine again
For some helpful tips to teach your child how to swallow pills, you may want to download the brochure Medicine & Your Child: A guide for parents on adherence and administration or visit www.kidshealth.org to see Teaching Your Child How to Swallow Pills for additional suggestions.