Take Your Freaking Medicine!!


Sigh. Last June when Andy had the croup he had a fever so high that we were freaking out, but of course it was not high enough for the doctor to want to see him, so we had to figure out a way to get Tylenol in him. We finally bought suppositories. We told him he would have to get medicine in his butt. I expected crying and pleading for us not to go there.

You know what he did? He rolled over and pulled his pants down! Luckily, my husband is fine with that sort of thing and did it, and Andy apparently felt nothing, but now, when it’s time for medicine, he wants all of it in his butt.

If only.

Why does it have to taste so horrible? Wouldn’t it be better if it just had no flavor so I could hide it in things?  Bubblegum, berry, cherry, orange, and grape are great flavors, but adding it to the grossest flavor in the world just makes it the grossest bubblegum, berry, cherry, orange, or grape flavor in the world.

I finally found a chocolate syrup called “Dr. Cocoa” (I can’t make that stuff up, folks) that is actually yummy. The kids like the taste, but the consistency is like Hershey’s syrup mixed with tar. It’s too thick! I had to add it to milk to get them to get it all down, which just caused more mucous.

Just yesterday, I finally found a grape medicine (some generic “compare it to a name brand”) that I can hide in grape Koolaid. If I add more grape powder than you’re supposed to, the taste is successfully hidden.

It’s a keeper, thank goodness, so I’m going to buy some stock in the company. I’m so glad I found it, because I really didn’t know how I was going to get Robitussin up Andy’s butt.


  1. Ask a teenager! My 15-year-old son came up with the perfect answer…but it only works once! Pour a generous amount of juice the same colour as the medicine into a spoon and tell your child to take his medicine. When he does and licks his lips asking for more, get that real medicine down him before he realizes the ruse! Then I would look a him funny when he complains and suggest, “That must be because you were only supposed to take one spoonful, greedy boy!” At least you’ll get him to try it again.

  2. OH GOD! Robitussin. That was the worst when I was little! You know what…I might have opted to take it in the butt when I was that age. Too funny!!

  3. I’d like to confess that I’m fairly certain my sisters and I are the reason medicine now tastes so bad. When we were 2 year old triplets, together we downed an entire bottom of Dimetapp because we thought it was yummy yummy grape juice. We all ended up in the ER getting our stomach’s pumped. My parents still haven’t recovered. Not sure if this is from the scare we gave them OR if it’s from the disappointment that occurred after all three of us actually survived. So close to having twins!

  4. He WANTS it up the butt. Oh, man, that’s a tough one. It is a good thing you found that grape medicine. My kids are annoying when it comes to taking meds but nothing like that thank God.


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