Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Open Wide

My daughter does not take medicine, and never has since she was a baby. I remember the first time she had a fever as an infant. I gave her the Tylenol infant drops, and up they came along with everything else in her stomach. That has not changed at all in the last two years.

I have discovered that besides Tylenol, she also throws up PediaCare, Robitussin, Dimetap, Mucinex Jr., and anything else in infant form. I have managed to trick her into Tylenol chewables by offering her bubble-gum flavored “candy”. Unfortunately, cold medicine doesn’t come in chewable form, so I am still screwed on that point.

As with each change of weather, both kids have come down with colds – stuffy nose, cough, the whole bit. Georgia doesn’t want to sleep at night or take naps during the day because she can’t breathe.

This afternoon, I finally decided to try the medicine again. I figure there has to be some point when she keeps the medicine down, right? However, I wasn’t going to take a chance. I put Georgia in the bathtub before I gave her the medicine in case she threw up. She was backed up against me so any possible vomit would fly forward. I had a dropper of Tylenol Cough & Cold, which I inserted into her screaming mouth.

She swallowed it and was silent for a moment, so I loosened my grip. She turned around, looked at me, and threw up all over my shirt. Dude! She had a turkey sandwich and chocolate milk for lunch. It was not pretty.

I don’t know if there will be a day in which that girl will ever take medicine. But I know that it wasn’t today.

12 comments:

ian said...

Maybe you and Georgia should play "doctor" with some of her sick dolls (no, not THAT kind of Doctor, you sick woman!). You know - have her give each one some medicine to help them feel better. Maybe she'll make the connection. I don't know. Have you tried booze? Not for her, you understand...

...for you.

Ian

Mama's Moon said...

It's amazing how they just NEVER miss, eh? These wee ones, they sure have a strange sense of accuracy, not to mention timing.

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Yeah, what Ian said. You have the most interesting life in cyberspace. Nothing you write surprises me anymore. Try to have a great day. :)

Desert Songbird said...

Have you tried those teddy bear shaped lollipops that are really cold medicine? I don't remember who makes them, but I always thought it was a great idea for kids like Georgia.

DIXIECHICK said...

I feel and understand your frustration with this. My eight year old is the same way. Last week, we had a virus running rampant in our house, he was running a fever of 102...could not get him to take medicine, he will throw it up every time. Fixed that problem...junior strength suppositories..he hated me...but, got that fever down. Now with a cold, not much you can do there...don't make suppositories for that. Besides, I hated giving it to him, as much as he hated receiving it...but what do you do? Hang in there....enjoy reading you everyday.

A.J.Reams said...

Poor thing! My kids like Triaminic thin strips. It dissolves on your tongue. (The kind we have right now is Cough & Runny Nose)

Crazy Working Mom said...

Man, that sucks for you! :(

Tyler's had a stuffy nose too. Poor little guy.

Patois said...

Hate to enjoy your misery, but I'm right there with you. I've got three. Only the oldest will take medicine, and only since he was about 7. The 9 year old daughter? Nope. The 5 year old? Puke, puke, puke. Thankfully, we've never had them very ill. Miserable with a cold, sure, but nothing requiring must-take medicine.

Mo said...

Dude, another vomit story?


Love it!

Mom not Mum said...

Oh my - now that sounds like fun. The must fun I've ever had with cold medicine is cleaning it off the ceiling in my kitchen. Yep, had it in a syringe and went to insert in the kids mouth - she slapped it away just as I plunged and the rest - well it was on the ceiling.

Laura said...

Triaminic soft chews - I found them recently and the ones I have are for cough and cold.

It took me way longer than I'd like to admit before I ever realized there was chewable ANYTHING for kids and as good as my daughter was at taking the liquid stuff, it was always messy and a pain. Now it's chewable tablets all the way. Although now she's always asking for 'medicine candy'...

Amanda said...

Haha! I just stumbled across your blog. Good stuff!