" Helping Little Ones Take Supplements and Medicines | MED EASY | Natasha Summer

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Helping Little Ones Take Supplements and Medicines | MED EASY


I am sure fellow parents or caregivers will agree that getting any kind of medicine, vitamin or supplements down your child can prove to be mission impossible, not to mention one of the most emotional turmoils a parent can face...unless of course, you have been super lucky :) Medicine taking was an area we really struggled with especially when it came to our son Harrison (8) who is diagnosed with Autism. Harrison has complex sensory needs,  this can mean textures, certain colours and strong tastes can be a struggle so medicine taking has never been easy, however, we are lucky in that he takes his daily vitamin capsules with ease. We thought it would be much easier with our daughter Layla (5) but even with her, it has not been without its challenges.

I remember one year Layla came down with Lympthadinitus which meant she needed a strong course of antibiotics, her outright refusal to take them ultimately meant that she was admitted to hospital for almost a week. The medicine had to be administered via a drip in her hand which was not only painful but it was one of the scariest times in both of our lives, especially as the infection almost went on to require surgery!  Layla being 3 at the time didn't understand the importance of why she needed to take her medicine and there was nothing I could do to convince her, believe me when I say I tried every trick in the book, explaining to her, bribery, trying to force it down, distraction... nothing worked so hospital really was the final resort.
Since this occurrence, Layla has developed a mild anxiety around taking any kind of medicine or daily supplement, she automatically thinks she will end up on a drip in hospital and it causes a lot of unnecessary stress and tears.

Thankfully, being in the trenches and persevering over the past 2 years meant it has got easier, as her awareness has grown she understands that to avoid what happened last time she needs to take her medicine when required...Now I am pleased to report that minimal bribery is required for her to take any medicine she is prescribed...Yay!

Even though Layla and Harrison are both pretty good eaters and get the majority of essential nutrients and vitamins from their balanced diets, I wanted to start introducing Layla to daily supplements to make sure she is getting everything she needs. Because she is only used to fluids the transition from liquid to capsule hasn't been the smoothest and I was really struggling to get her to take her supplements without a lot of resistance.  After months of tears and tantrums, I really didn't know if I had it in me to go into battle again after finally getting her to cooperate with her medicine so I wanted to find something to help.

I searched high and low for any remedies, therapies, courses or some kind of magic spell that could make the whole situation easier but I was left frustrated and I couldn't really find anything I felt suited us as a family. I spoke to the Drs and they just kept saying "it will come in time" but I really wanted to take control of the situation and for her to start benefiting from daily vitamins now while her brain, bones and immune system are still developing, so I kept up my search and finally came across Med Easy.


Not just a clever play on words, Med Easy really is a genius product, basically, it is a pleasant tasting liquid you put on a spoon with any capsule to make it go down easier. I am sure I am not alone in giving my kids a Fruit Pastel or a square of Milky Bar along with their vitamins, or Calpol in their juice or milk, in doing so I am sure I was just diluting the Calpol and not making it as effective. Med Easy doesn't interfere with any medicine or vitamin at all...It's purely there to make it go down easier and as they say "a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down"


Med-Easy is not suitable for anyone under 2 years of age and it states that if you're pregnant you must get the OK from your GP before using. It is also not to be used with effervescent tablets and should be avoided by those who have "severe swallowing problems" Please make sure the liquid is suitable for using to ensure your families safety.



Image Above Without Med Easy On Spoon

The instructions direct you to put 10ml on the spoon along with the tablet and swallow as you would with water...super easy.


Image Above With Med Easy On Spoon



 I have to admit I did have my reservations at first because the packaging looked very medicinal so in my mind, it's likely a child would just think you were giving them a double dose of medicine. Because of this, I do think the packaging could use a little work to make it a little more 'kid friendly'

 I was pleasantly surprised by the taste, it was really pleasant and not sickly sweet as you would imagine something like this to be. It was fruity with a hint of sweetness and I think even the fussiest of eaters would enjoy the taste as there was nothing offensive about it.

The following day or so I decided to try Layla on it and to make it look a little more interesting I decorated the bottle with tinfoil and sequins. We called it the 'Marzi Potion' as according to Layla it tasted of marzipan.


 I already had daily supplements in that she had refused so I told Layla that it was the magic potion sent from the food fairies to make any vitamin taste nice. I thought she would see straight through it but to my complete suprise she couldn't wait to try it...I literally couldn't believe my eyes.



The first run was a sucess and she even asked if she could have two! I was so shocked that I called her daddy at work to share the good news!

We also put a big golden star on her reward chart to show her that we were super proud of how she too her vitamin...she was thrilled!



The second day came with zero resistance too, she even wanted to pour it on the spoon herself saying and it was "amazing" I was so nice to see that she actually wanted to get involved.


After week one it literally just became part of her daily routine and we couldn't be happier with the results we have seen, it has made such a dramatic difference to the whole situation and we wouldn't be without it now.

Of course Med Easy doesn't just stop at children, it can be used for anyone who struggles to take solid vitamins, medicines or supplements. If you know of someone you think struggles with gag-reflex or other issues similar...this could be worth a punt.

We have also introduced  Harrison to this aid and I have to say it can be a life-changing concept to people who like my son have very complex sensory needs such as Autism. Strong tastes and textures can be a great concern and something like Med Easy can really help.


All in all, we have been really impressed with this stuff and I think it's a must-have in any medicine cabinet. Obviously everybody's experience will vary and I appreciate just because we have found this amazing doesn't mean it will automatically work for everyone but for anyone who like me felt like nothing was helping and was just about to give up...this really is worth a try because if it can work for you it is a game-changer for sure!

There are instructions that come with the liquid so please make sure you consult them before trying to make sure it is suitable for you and your family.


Have you considered anything like this? Do you think it could be useful for your family? If so I would highly suggest you give this magic...or should I say Marzi-Potion a whirl!







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