Great Tasting Medicine for Children! Dr. Cocoa Relief with a Smile!

Great Tasting Medicine for Children! Dr. Cocoa Relief with a Smile!

This is a sponsored post. Product samples were provided for my review, but all opinions and experiences are most certainly my own.

Great Tasting Medicine for Children

 Dr. Cocoa™ Relief with a Smile ~ Great Tasting Medicine for Children!

Kids hate getting sick, but they also hate taking medicine! It’s a big struggle in this household when it comes to giving kids medicine. Who knew you could make medicine time easy as chocolate? Yes, there’s a new great tasting medicine for children called Dr. Cocoa with real chocolate flavor made with real cocoa! Their catch phrase caught my attention right away: Dr. Cocoa Relief with a Smile! What a great idea to put the struggle behind us. Real chocolate taste makes the kids smile. Cough and cold relief makes moms smile. Even better, there’s no need to put the kids and ourselves through the horrible experience of taking medicine they don’t like. We give it 4 thumbs up and smiles all around! Plus there’s a $2 coupon right now! You know how we love coupons! Be sure to print that if you want to get some of this great tasting medicine for children to have on hand for cold season! They’re also doing a fun little giveaway of their mascot. Check out the Dr. Cocoa™ We’re “Owl” Smiles for Relief Giveaway where you can win an adorable Dr. Cocoa hand puppet through 10/17 too.

great tasting medicine for children

So why do we keep children’s cold medicine on hand? It’s inevitable. Our kids will get sick. Cold season is generally considered to last from September to April, which coincides with the months that children are in school. School age kids get around eight to twelve cold per year that can last anywhere from six days to two weeks. As parents, we know we can’t protect our kids from every germ they encounter so we just keep cold medicine handy. We’ve now discovered this great tasting medicine for children that we’ll definitely keep around the house. Why does the taste matter? According to Dr. Cocoa’s new national Harris survey of U.S. parents of school-aged children (ages 4-13), almost 40% of parents said it isn’t easy to give their children over-the-counter liquid cough/cold medicines, with one third of parents believing the taste of the medicine impacted how easy it was to give their child the recommended dose.  Dr. Cocoa™ for Children was developed with its real chocolate flavor just for this reason. Now, the one third of parents (that’s a lot) may be relieved to find this new great tasting medicine for children. With less stress and struggle, they can be reassured that their child is going to get the full dose with little complaint.

This mom is without a doubt in that group of parents who have struggled with countless gags and resistance to medicine. I thought I tried every possible flavor, attempting to find a great tasting medicine for children to avoid the struggle I have with my kids. I’ve tried every mental and physical way of coaxing my boys into taking medicine. Unfortunately, they remember all too well the first time I told them it wasn’t that bad. The fact that mom lied to them and that it really was that bad will never be forgotten!  From then on, our medicine taking sessions went something like this:

kid: Snifffffff, cough cough

mom: “Sweetie, take this medicine so it has time to kick in before bed”

kid: “Gross”

mom: “It’s not much. Just swallow it really quick”

kid: “It’s a lot”

mom: “It’s not a lot. It’s not that bad”

kid: “That’s what you said last time”

mom: “It will make you feel better”

kid: “Throwing up will make me feel better?”

mom: “You won’t throw up. Just swallow it quick”

kid: “fine”

And as he holds the medicine closer to his mouth, he makes a scrunchy face and then pulls it away and the convo continues…

kid: “Please don’t make me”

mom: “PLEASE JUST DRINK IT”

kid: “Why are you mad at me?”

mom: “I’M NOT MAD”

kid: “Then why are you yelling at me?”

mom: I”M Not yelling! ok… let’s just drink it and be done with it”

kid: “You’re going to take it too?”

mom: “No, I’m not sick”

kid: “But you said let’s just drink it and be done with it”

mom: “I meant you”

kid: “Ok”

mom: “Good”

kid: “It’s not good. That’s what I’m trying to tell you”

At this point I’m thinking why do they have to learn to talk…

mom: “Enough. Just take it. Here’s something to drink to wash the taste away afterward”

kid: “What’s in the cup?”

mom: “Milk”

kid: “It would be better with soda”

mom: “fine”

And as I pour some soda, he watches my every move. I’m thinking he either thinks I’m going to slip medicine into it or not really pour soda in the cup…

mom: “Here’s your soda. Please drink the medicine”

kid: “Fine. But I’m going to throw up”

mom: “groan”

dad (from the other room) “Just do what your mother says!”

After an exhausting episode, the sound of dad’s voice usually means he’s tired of the argument and it’s probably smart to comply. Our child finally does take most of the medicine (with some added sound effects and facial gestures) and all I can think about  while he makes gagging noises is not what I’m going to have to spend the next 15 minutes cleaning up, but rather all that conversation we just had for the end result being a transfer from a medicine cup to a bucket.

Is this you and your child? Someone you know? Most likely you’ve encountered this or heard a similar story from friends or family. Some of you may be nodding or giggling at my unfortunate struggle. That’s ok. I’d find it rather humorous too if I wasn’t co-starring in it! My point is, medicine time can be an exhausting struggle. Our ultimate success still can leave questions about whether the child took in the correct dosage after spillage or what’s left in the cup. Life would be so much easier if they didn’t hate the flavor of the medicine!

Great Tasting Medicine for Children

Make Medicine Time Easy as Chocolate! #DrCocoaReliefWithASmile

All that being said, you can see why I was thrilled to see this line of medicine! My son even seemed excited about it when he saw the “Real Chocolate Taste” on the box.Dr. Cocoa™ for Children is the first-ever cough and cold medicine for children with patented formulas combining trusted, effective ingredients with 10% real cocoa for great chocolate taste to make giving medicine to kids easier. Dr. Cocoa™ can help parents fight the cold, not the child. Obviously that’s a big plus in my book. Thank goodness my son isn’t sick right now but I needed to reassure myself that the next medicine time was not going to be a repeat of the above screenplay. When I opened the bottle for the first time I was half expecting a medicine smell and chocolate flavor semi masking the medicine taste but I was pleasantly surprised when I opened it and tasted a little from my finger. It smelled like dark chocolate cocoa and I have to say that it tasted really good. Finally! A great tasting medicine for children! I then had to walk around the house dabbing a little taste on everyone’s tongue. It passed the taste test. We’ll definitely be keeping some of this onhand.

If you’ve been looking for a great tasting medicine for children, Dr. Cocoa’s liquid  may be your solution! I believe it’s mine. Make your medicine time easy as chocolate! Right now you can visit the Dr. Cocoa, Relief with a smile webpage and grab a great coupon for $2 off a Dr. Cocoa Children Cough and Cold Item. The Dr. Cocoa products just became available at major food, drug, and mass merchant retailers in late summer. (For more information about Dr. Cocoa™, including where to buy, visit the Dr. Cocoa Website.)

Great Tasting Medicine for ChildrenChildrens Cold Relief with a smile ~ Great Tasting Medicine for Children

Dr.Cocoa™ for Children comes in three patented formulas:

  • Dr. Cocoa™ Long-Acting Cough Relief: relieves coughs for up to eight hours without causing drowsiness in children ages 4-13 (active ingredient: Dextromethorphan). Follow the package label for exact dose by age, or speak to your child’s pediatrician.
  • Dr. Cocoa™ Daytime Cough + Cold Relief: relieves stuffy nose and cough for children ages 4-13. Its non-drowsy formula makes it ideal for daytime use (active ingredients: Dextromethorphan and Phenylephrine). Follow the package label for exact dose by age, or speak to your child’s pediatrician.
  • Dr. Cocoa™ Nighttime Cough + Cold Relief: Made especially for children ages 6-13 to relieve coughs, along with stuffy nose, runny nose and sneezing at night (active ingredients: Diphenhydramine, Phenylephrine). Follow the package label for exact dose by age, or speak to your child’s pediatrician.

Dr.Cocoa products are FDA regulated medicines and should be used only as directed and kept safely out of reach of children.

Have you had some medicine time struggles of your own? Do you think a great tasting medicine for children is the solution? Tell us in the comments section and don’t forget to visit the Dr. Cocoa Facebook page  and enter to win their cute little hand puppet!

Great Tasting Medicine for Children