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Compounding Helps To “Make the Medicine Go Down!”

Compounding Helps To “Make the Medicine Go Down!”

At one point or another, most kids needs to take medicine. And boy, can it be a struggle! Today our pharmacist & Wellth co-founder, Stacey, will be discussing how pharmacy compounding can help to “make the medicine go down” for your little ones.

Get their medicine compounded…

What is compounding? Compounding is the art & science of customized and personalized medicine. With compounding, we can alter the doses, dosage forms, combinations of ingredients, route of administration, and avoid certain inactive ingredients (e.g. lactose, sugar, gluten) when making medications.

Flavours…

Many medicines taste bad. When compounding medication, we can mask the flavour & make it taste good! We use various types of sweeteners (non-sugar and natural options if your child is sensitive – e.g. stevia), and have a variety of flavours including banana, chocolate, tutti frutti, lemon, mint, peanut butter + more!

Dosage forms…

Most medications for young children either come in, or are compounded into, an oral liquid. Other suitable dosage forms include;

  • Capsules – we sometimes make dose in a capsule for a parent to open and mix at time of administration. This makes the medication last longer.
  • Suppositories – a small cone-shaped object that you put in your body, often into the bottom. Once it’s inside, it melts or dissolves and releases its medication. A great option for infants.
  • Transdermal – in a cream that is applied topically. We can sometimes get medications absorbed into the blood stream this way, which makes it a lot easier for parents and kids.
  • Lozenge or Gummy – we can make taking medicine an actual treat!

We can adjust dose & formulation as your child grows – ensure they grow & THRIVE!

If you’re not getting a medication compounded. Here are some other practical tips that may help…

  • Mix the medication with something else: fruit juice (grape, pomegranate), yogurt, applesauce, jam, fruit purees, ice cream. Remember – only use a small amount of food/drink since your child must finish all of it to get their proper dose of medication.
  • Mask the taste by tricking the tastebuds – try giving your child a cold treat (ice cream or a popsicle) beforehand to numb the tastebuds.
  • Try a spoonful of something sweet (e.g. jam, maple or chocolate syrup) before to coat the tongue. Depending on tastebuds of your child, could also go savoury route (e.g. bbq sauce or ketchup).
  • Have a favourite drink on hand after to help wash it down.
  • If nothing else works, slide an oral syringe containing the medication into the side of your child’s mouth along the cheek and squeeze slowly (avoids hitting the tongue for bitter meds).

Give your child some control…

  • If your child is old enough can give syringe to the child to administer themselves. Especially if your child is feeling sick, there is often a loss of control which may increase their resistance to taking medications.
  • Choice – give them options. (i.e. ask them if they want to take the medication from a cup or syringe, if they want to mix with A or B, before or after getting dressed, or before or after their bath).

Creativity…

  • Simulate giving medicine to their favourite doll or stuffed animal before giving it to the child.
  • Track progress with stickers on a calendar can also be a good motivator. 
  • Be positive and honest – children can sense your emotions & body language, so try to stay positive even when your child is refusing to take the medication.
  • Don’t lie and tell your child it will taste good – they will catch on fast. Instead explain how the medicine will make them feel better, allowing them to see their friends quicker.

Got more questions?

You (or your doctor) can give us a call and speak to one of our friendly pharmacists (416-504-9355), or you can email pharmacy@yourwellth.ca.