How to Get Your Kids to Take Their Medicines

By Cindy Kennedy | Hashimoto's Articles

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Despite the fact that my girls are now 10 and 13, neither of them can swallow tablets or capsules yet.

If this is the case in your family, make sure you let your doctor or natural medicine practitioner know as some forms of medications and supplements are available in liquid or powder form in addition to tablets and capsules. Also, some tablets can be crushed and capsules opened and emptied out, while others must be swallowed whole.

Powders and liquids (including crushed tablets and emptied out capsules) can often be hidden in foods and drinks.

Just check with the person prescribing them to make sure it is okay to do this. Don’t put thyroxine in yoghurt, on cereal, or in a milk based drink because the calcium will prevent it from being absorbed properly!

I know that thyroxine should be taken on an empty stomach, at least half an hour before eating, but sometimes this just isn’t possible. Our girls are up at 6:30am every morning to be out the door for the school bus by 7:25, so there is no way that we can manage that half hour gap. I spoke to our Endocrinologist about this, and he assured me that so long as they take it in the same way EVERY day (ie with breakfast), they can adjust the dose to allow for that.

I’ve found that chia pudding and home made raw chocolate are the two best options with my girls.

Chia pudding is fantastic. You can make a batch up ahead that will last a couple of days so long as you keep it in a sealed container in the fridge. I bought some gorgeous little preserving jars from Big W that are the perfect size for a single serve, and it makes it feel like a treat for the girls. I make the pudding in a large bowl, then once it has set, I divide it up into the jars and add one dose of everything I need to hide into each jar. Just be sure if you do this that the jars are labelled clearly in the fridge so no-one else eats it. You don’t want any medication mix ups. If you have other kids in the house and are concerned about this happening, you can put the pudding in the jar on its own, and then just mix in the medication right before you serve it. It’s really important if you do use this method however, that you make sure they eat the entire serving to be sure that they are receiving the full dose. And whatever you do, don’t give any leftovers to the dog!!!

Chia pudding can be made in all sorts of flavours. My girls like chocolate the best, soon followed by mixed berry. You can check out my recipe for chocolate chia pudding here. It is so quick and easy to make! I love it! Chia is high in omega-3 fatty acids, has a great protein profile for a vegetarian source and is high in fibre. If you make the chocolate version, raw cacao is high in both antioxidants and magnesium, and coconut milk is a fantastic source of medium-chain-fatty acids. If you go with the berry version, they are getting all the antioxidant and vitamin C goodness of the berries.

If you are feeling really creative, or want to spoil your little one because lets face it, it’s tough being a kid with a chronic illness, and they need to be spoilt every now and then, you can hide their meds in raw chocolate. This is my girls’ absolute favourite way of taking them, but it’s a bit more of a hassle on my end, so they don’t get it all that often anymore. I have to admit though, in the early days, this is how they had their meds every morning!

You can get the chia pudding recipe here, and the raw chocolate recipe here.

You can make up a batch of raw chocolate and once you have put it into the moulds (ice cube trays work really well), you can then add a single dose of the medications into each mould cavity and mix it in with a toothpick or the back of a small teaspoon. After you have made it a couple of times and are confident with how many a batch makes, you can mix the meds in with the chocolate ingredients before pouring it into the moulds. Just be sure to make the right number of chocolates per doses and ensure they are all as close to the same size as possible. Again, once they are in the fridge, make sure they are LABELLED WELL!!!!!. I store them in a plastic container with big texta writing all over it so no-one eats one by mistake. Alternatively, you can make the chocolates without anything in them, and then give them one as a reward after they have had their meds & supplements.

I’d also love to hear how you manage to get your kids to take their medicines, or better still, how you taught them to swallow tablets and capsules!

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About the Author

Cindy Kennedy is a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner & Clinical Herbalist who lives and breathes Hashimoto’s on a personal and professional level. Her true passion lies in turning gluten and dairy-free living from a restricted diet into a delicious and abundant family-friendly lifestyle.