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My kids will flat out refuse to take medicine if they do not like the way it tastes – even when it is supposed to taste like berry or grape. The worst kind of medicine is cough medicine. The boys say cough medicine is too “spicy” and will even go so far as putting on an impressive gagging performance when I force them to take it. I always wondered WHY somebody couldn’t invent a better flavor of children’s cough medicine. Anything to help us parents out.
Dr. Cocoa has actually done it! They developed chocolate-flavored liquid cough and cold medicines for children ages 4-13. Thank goodness Dr. Cocoa is available over-the-counter, too.
Over the years of dealing with my children, I have learned a few tips and tricks for how to get kids to take medicine. If you have a hard time convincing your child to take meds, take a look at a few of the following suggestions:
Tip 1: Parents, keep calm and positive. Kids can pick up on your frustrations and can become even more resistant to take their medicine.
Tip 2: Try a better tasting medicine. Mary Poppins was really onto something when she sang about how to Make the medicine go down/In the most delightful way.
Dr. Cocoa is that better tasting medicine. These children’s formulas help parents make sure the medicine goes down in the most delightful way. Dr. Cocoa liquid cold and cough medicine for kids are made with 10% real cocoa and effective ingredients to give kids the cold and cough relief they need. Kids will love the chocolate flavor because it hides any hint of medicine-like taste.
Tip 3: Use a rewards chart. Give your child a sticker for their rewards chart every time they take their medicine.
Tip 4: Let your child feel like they are in control. Toddlers can help you get the medicine spoon/syringe/cup. Older kids can hold the medicine cup/dropper/spoon and give the dose to themselves.
Tip 5: Make medicine time fun. Sing a silly song or do a silly dance once your child has taken the medicine.
Tip 6: Give your child a choice. This goes along with the control thing. If your child feels like they have a choice in the matter, it may be easier to get them to take their medicine. For example, give them the choice by saying, “Would you like to take your medicine before or after you take a bath?” Just make sure that taking the medicine is a part of both choices! Kids are smart these days.
Tip 7: Praise. Make a big deal out of you child doing the right thing! Be sure to let your child know how happy you are that they took their medicine.
Tip 8: Explain why they need the medicine. Tell your child how the medicine will help them feel better. Sometimes children don’t make the connection between taking medicine and feeling better. Explanations can help it all make sense to them.
One of my kids recently came home with Cough and Cold #1 of the season. It was great timing since we have all 3 varieties of Dr. Cocoa: Long-Acting Cough Relief, Daytime Cough + Cold Relief, and Nighttime Cough + Cold Relief. I wasn’t happy my son was sick, but the silver lining is that I could see how good Dr. Cocoa formulas actually worked for my child.
Long story short, my 7-year-old was willing to give Dr. Cocoa a try. I was surprised when I poured it at how much the medicine looks exactly like chocolate syrup. My son loved it so much, he was actually asking to lick the spoon. He says it does not taste like cough medicine at all. I thought it was funny that he’d actually remind me when it was time for him to take another dose of medicine. In the history of my having kids, that has never happened before.
I know it is such a relief to ME not to have to beg and plead with my son to take his cough medicine. And Dr. Cocoa is a relief to HIM because it tames his cough and cold symptoms. Now my other kids are looking forward to getting a cold so they can have Dr. Cocoa’s treatment, too. I’m serious – they really are wishing they could take the chocolate medicine. I am sure they will eventually get their chance this cold and sniffles season. It seems like the germs always find us – no matter how hard we try to escape.
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