Wednesday, September 21, 2016

My Toddler Does Not Drink Her Medicine

After my daughter's 3-day hospitalization due to her acute bronchitis, her pediatrician prescribed an antibiotic, Cefuroximeaxetil,  that she should take twice a day when we get home. We didn't think much of it. We simply purchased it and after dinner time, I tried to let her drink it. I never thought I would have any problems with it until she tasted the antibiotic - and  she really, really hated it. This is the first time we experienced this kind of reaction from her. She couldn't drink the rest of the medicine from the teaspoon even with water. She even spits the water out. She cried so hard and she even pooped because of her resisting the medicine. We did manage to let her drink some of it, but that's that. By the way, she is only 4 years old. 

The medicine that my little tot dislikes very much
Then morning came and she needs to drink the antibiotic once again. We thought it would be different this time thinking that she would accept it, but it's the same as before. She still cried hard. She held on to me and she waited for the medicine to somewhat disappear. My husband and I thought that our nightmare would end the moment we checked out the hospital. We didn't think that we would still have problems when we get home such as letting her drink it. So like before, we managed to let her drink some of the medicine, but not the full dosage. That's the time we decided to go back to her pediatrician because we know this can't continue. 

Thankfully, her doctor is available during the afternoon so we went to her office right away for a consult. We explained to the doctor our predicament. After hearing our story, she also told us that she had a patient who had the similar experience. The patient really disliked the antibiotic, but they were able to let him/her drink it. But we insisted that our daughter really hated it and asked if she could prescribe a more "flavorful" medicine for her. I was so relieved that she prescribed a new one, an orange-flavored antibiotic named Cefixime. We will still go back on Thursday to observe the effects on her because the doctor isn't sure if the effect will be the same. So we decided to go with it because we really didn't have a choice. 

During night time, we let her drink it and to our relief, the experience was a breeze.  She liked the taste so we had no problem on letting her drink it. This antibiotic is 400 pesos more expensive than the last one, but it's all worth it as long as my daughter drinks it without hassle. I just hope its effect is the same or better than the original prescribed medicine. 

So there you have it. If your little one doesn't like the medicine, tell your pediatrician right away and see if he/she can prescribe a different one to prevent unpleasant experiences that can hinder your child's health development.