I know that I said I wasn’t going to post about my son’s health issues anymore, and I’m not. But I cannot give you an honest depiction of my ongoing situation without at least referencing how our continuing family struggles are affecting me. the way I parent, and the way I live my life. For instance, I’ve written about medicine before. We’ve dealt with liquids and pills, swallowing and tongue-dissolving, inhalers and syringes. But never before have I had to figure out creative ways to dispense medication that comes in the form of sprinkles.
Technically he could swallow them if he wanted to, but he is 4 and the capsules are huge. We tried it the first day, and it was a disaster. Gulp after gulp of water, and those pills just would not go down, and eventually he bit through them, causing the disgusting tasting (or so I have heard) sprinkles to burst forth into his mouth, frothing and foaming everywhere as he tried to spit them out. Since growling and foaming at the mouth are generally not considered acceptable behavior, it was clear that we were going to have to find another way.
Now, these “sprinkles” were meant to be put onto food, or so the doctors said, so that he could just eat them up without knowing that he was even taking his medicine, because every food we eat in this house has disgusting tasting white specks all over it, which I assume the pharmacy knew in advance when they gave us this secret method. So I sprinkled them on ice cream, which seemed to work, but I couldn’t really give him a bowl of ice cream twice a day, at breakfast and bedtime, so I was going to need another option.
I tried them in apple juice. People of Earth, I regret to inform you that medicinal sprinkles do not dissolve in apple juice. Or any other liquid. They float around a bit, looking gross, and then they settle into a clump at the bottom of the cup. Do not try this at home. It was a disaster and that medicine went into the trash.
Luckily, after some trial and error, I have found the perfect solution. Medicine sandwich. Sure, other things will work. I have now stuffed his sprinkles into Yodels, burritos, bananas, marshmallows, and more, but there is nothing more delicious than a peanut butter and medicine sandwich. He wants peanut butter sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner anyway, so it is the perfect place to slip some surreptitious sprinkles. So far it has worked out pretty well, but heaven help us all if he ever decides he doesn’t like peanut butter anymore.
|Don’t worry, I open them up and sprinkle them first.|