Some children are content with any food you put in front of them, while others put up a huge stink whenever you encourage them to eat a healthy snack. It can be difficult to get your child to consume nutrient-dense meals that will allow them to grow big and strong!
How about medicines? Certain nutrients or herbal formulas can have very interesting tastes, often non-palatable to a young child. I have put together a list of my top, go-to ways to get medicines into children. They are fun, creative, and encourage children to take charge of their health!
- Add to Applesauce: Powders can easily be added to applesauce. TIP: Add only to the first spoonful! This keeps the rest of the applesauce tasting yummy for the child.
- Create Popsicles: Popsicles are always a fun treat in the summer. Try adding your child’s herbal tincture to a healthy popsicle creation for a nice tasting treat! This can also be soothing for a sore throat.
- Sweeten with Honey: If your child is over 1 years of age, add the herbal tincture to a spoonful of honey. TIP: Ask you Naturopathic Doctor if they have glycerate tinctures to ease the taste for children!
- Rewards Calendar: As your child gets older, let them take charge. Create a calendar and each time they take their medicines have them add a sticker to the calendar. After 10 stickers – take them out to Chapters to purchase a book!
- Through Momma: If your child is still breastfeeding, they can receive some medications through mom. Certain nutrients and herbs travel through breast milk and end up in baby.
It’s all about being creative!
What are some different strategies that you use?