Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A Spoonful of Sugar

Coming up with ways to disguise medication can be a full-time job around here.

Currently, Lily is taking medicine three times a day.  And all of her meds are tablets that I have to crush and then hide in various food items to ensure they go down the hatch.

Most of the time, mixing the crushed pill with a little bit of juice does the trick.  But lately, Lily's been balking at drinking the "special juice" and honestly, I'm never quite sure that she's getting all of the medication anyway.

I think my biggest problem has been variety - changing up what I use to conceal the drug so that the Bird doesn't ever really catch on.  I tend to find something that works and then ride that wave for as long as it lasts, starting over with something new when she figures it out.

So I've been doing what I do best - looking online for sneaky medicine delivery ideas.  I came across quite a few and thought some of you might be interested so here's a quick list of what I've found so far:

Try Mixing Medicine With:
  • chocolate syrup
  • peanut butter
  • Twizzlers
  • chocolate milk
  • frosting
  • ice cream
  • yogurt
  • pudding
  • applesauce
  • jelly or jam
  • soda
Anyone have some other ways that worked for your kiddo?  I'd love to hear more suggestions!

Oh, and one more thing.... just because Allie asked for it, here's a link to the recipe for the super delicious fruit salsa and chips Reagan and I had Sunday night.  Enjoy!

fruit salsa cinnamon tortilla chips recipe
Photo & recipe courtesy of Divas Can Cook


  1. I just officially pinned the recipe. Yum-o!!!!

    Cameron will not willingly take anything that has medicine in it, no matter how hard we try to disguise it. Somehow he knows something is off about it. We end up crushing pills and mixing them with juice then holding him down and syringing them into his mouth. For SH, we tell her everything is some sort of vitamins- growing vitamins, sparkly hair vitamins, will make your feet smell good vitamins...

  2. We are extremely lucky in that Little Miss takes her meds like a champ. She's currently on 6 tablets 2x per day and it would be an amazing drag if we had to hide all that.

    Our only problem with the meds is remembering to parcel them out a few at a time... Otherwise she tries to cram them all in her mouth at once!

  3. We've never been particularly successful at masking supplements in other food. For starters, there's never any guarantee that Lily will eat the whole thing (whatever it might be) so then the dosage is all out of whack.

    I can tell you THIS however. When I was a kid my mother served me bufferin for headaches in jelly. She'd crush the pills and mix them with jelly and I loved them. I actually LIKED taking medicine. But I'm not on the spectrum. . .

  4. We were told to use rainbow sherbert--the flavor tends to be quite strong and of course sugary!

  5. Most of T's meds come in liquid form and we use the syringe method. He likes to pretend I am firing a missile (like Finn McMissile in Cars 2) and if I say "Ka-chow!" after, he's fine with it. His seizure med is a capsule so I have to put it in food. We use either Mickey Mouse (strawberry banana) yogurt, applesauce, ice cream or cake. We call it sprinkles. He will eat dirt if you put it on cheesecake! Lucky for me, cuz he takes 5 meds a day. Like Karla, my life would be super hard if he did not take them willingly!

    Maybe you could bake it in a special cookie for her? Anything she loves would be my suggestion. But sounds like you have quite a variety going on!

  6. Thanks for the ideas- we're always having to change it up too! Applesauce and icecream are our big ones for the crushed pills, but we have been known to resort to some crazy stuff when the going gets tough. Like ketchup, salsa, and other things that he loves but normally can only use as a "dip." :)


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