Any suggestions on how to get 5 year old to swallow her meds?

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Melissa - posted on 11/29/2009

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7-Up or Sprite---the bubbles carry the pills down the throat---trick from the school nurse.

Mira - posted on 11/11/2009

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We practiced swallowing mini M&Ms. I have also heard tic tacs - that way, if they have a gag reflex issue, it isn't a horrible tast in the mouth.

Vickie - posted on 11/10/2009

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We sprinkled the capsule for a long time. At 7 he layed on the carpet and let me put it back in his mouth. This year (8) he lays on the carpet and puts in back in his throat. We still can't swallow with water, but we do it ourselves now!! Yeah!! Good luck, just be patient and creative.

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Sherrie - posted on 12/18/2013

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how can i get my daughter to take liquid meds?She works herself up so much that she's scared to death???

Nicole - posted on 11/25/2013

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I taught my son with a variety of m&m' s :) We started with the minis and worked our way up through peanut m&m' s. We started this at 5 and He is now a pill taking champ at 13. If you are having trouble with her taking it, I have always told my son that it was his father's and my job to make those decisions about what we think is best and that seemed to help. Medication compliance is not optional! He is very aware now why meds are needed for multiple mental health issues. Good luck, it will get easier!

Sabrina - posted on 11/20/2013

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i inserted it in a little piece of cake. He never noticed. My 3 yr old son just started Intuniv, tonight being his 1st dose. I'm so scared with him being so little.

Treigha - posted on 02/13/2011

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We have just started giving our son time released caps and the first day he swallowed it fine but the next no and since then no. its been frustrating but I was told not to open them and they dont dissolve. I dont know what today. I was told at 5 this med was the only option we had. he did so good on the med the first day. feeling very hopeless. :(

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I never had to fight to get my son to do it. I explained to him what they were and why he needed them. I told him they would help him in school. My son wasn't diagnosed until 2008 at 7 years, though. Have you looked up the Wacky Willy ADHD explanation specifically made and put on the internet to explain to young children what ADHD is?

Shantal - posted on 05/20/2010

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Try the Oralflo cup it has helped thousands of little ones beat the pill taking blues. Available online at www.oralflo.com

Carla - posted on 03/27/2010

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When my son was little we would break open a twinkie and put it in the back of the twinkie. He would eat it and never know.

Nicole - posted on 03/25/2010

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Be patient! I used to open the capsules and mix it in a spoonful of frosting, applesauce, peanut butter anything they can swallow. Some meds are now in liquid form- ask your psychiatrist. If the liquid is nasty it can be flavored for I think a dollar at the larger pharmacies. Idk where you are but in my area it's CVS or Walgreens. Good luck and just keep trying!

Heather - posted on 01/16/2010

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My 3 1/2 year old tried different ways until she decided which way worked best for her. She put a little water in her mouth (so the pill wouldn't stick), then put the pill as far back on her tongue as she could. One more gulp of water and she had the pill down. After awhile, she was such a pro she can swallow it with practically no water at all.

Mica - posted on 01/12/2010

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I do the applesauce or pudding method as well. My son takes Metadate every morning. He doesn't like applesauce but he will take a spoonfull for his medicine. We have tried the blowing on the face to make him swallow, tried showing him how to do it. He just isn't quiet ready yet. I hadn't considered having him swallow the pill whole in pudding or applesauce. We may try that in the morning. We always just open the capsule and sprinkle it on there. I will let you know how it works out swallowing it whole in the pudding! Thanks!

Cindy - posted on 01/10/2010

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We used a spoonful of applesauce or yogurt when we first started meds. We let our son choose which one he wanted to use to take his meds each morning. It woked and pretty soon, he didn't need it anymore. Good luck!

Marissa - posted on 01/05/2010

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My daughter started on Strattera a few months ago and had never swallowed a pill in her life. She is 9. We practiced on tic tacs first and she got those down. Since it's a capsule, a trick I learned is to lean forward and the capsule floats to the back of your throat. She fills her mouth with whatever she's drinking, sticks the capsule in and leans forward to take a big swallow. So far it's working for her! Getting her to actually want to take it is the problem sometimes.

Mena - posted on 01/05/2010

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we used to do the apple sauce and spilt the cap too .. but then we changed meds and it's pills now.. my son likes tube yougarts ,, he now calls himself a "professional" pill taker (which is not a good thing as far as I'm concerned) and he puts the pills in the open tub, squished them a bit to coat them, swallows five pills all at once every morning. he's 8 now but we started out with one pill at a time on a spoon in yougart it's slick and works well, like everything else with these kids it's all trial and error , and what may work this week may not work next . good luck ;)

Kelly - posted on 01/05/2010

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I put it on the back of her tongue and told her to drink the juice as fast as she could with her head tilted back. I kind of made it a game. I would holler drink drink drink hurry faster as she was drinking the juice.

Kelly - posted on 01/05/2010

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My daughter just started taking Intuniv and she is 3. It cannot be crushed or anything because it is time released. The first two days she tried to chew it and I made her spit it out. I would put it on the very back of her tongue and tell her to "drink it like juice". By the third day I was ready to give up. I showed her how Mommy takes medicine. I would take some vitamins or Tylenol and show her how I did it. I told her that this is how Grandma takes her medicine and that made her want to try to do it. The third day she swallowed it whole and has ever since! She still gets happy and excited when she takes it. I tell her that she is so good at it and give her praise every time she takes it.

Brandi - posted on 01/03/2010

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My son has been taking his medicine for over 3 yrs. now & he still can't swallow the capsules. In the begining I told his doctor that and he told me that opening the capsule & pouring the medicine on a spoon of applesauce and then letting him swallow the applesauce. At the time he was not an applesauce either so I asked about something like pudding or yogart (he loved both of them) and he told me that those types of food may be to thick & take away some of the medicines strength, so had to try applesauce & I even would make med. time fun and I always told him how this was big responibility. He has had his momments but our method works great!!!

Rebecca - posted on 01/02/2010

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My son takes Adderall and I sprinkle it on his tongue and then he swallows it down with a drink. We started with the applesauce, pudding and yogurt thing and now are trying to get him to swallow his capsule whole that way it lasts longer.

Katrina - posted on 01/02/2010

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My son has a very very bad gag reflex. We switched him to the Daytrana patch and it makes the morning go so nice and stress free. Ask your doctor about the patch!

Shannon - posted on 12/28/2009

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after a long road of trying to get capsules and then sprinkles into my son we switched him to the Daytrana patch (applied to his hip every morning) nothing to swallow and no fight from him, he even helps put it on. A bonus, this medication works better then the sprinkles for him.

Teri - posted on 12/27/2009

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My son takes it with a mouth full of cereal or bread. He chews the food first and then stuffs the pill in. Now he has to take two different capsules, so he's just now getting to the point of trying it with just milk or juice. He's almost 9 now.

Tamara - posted on 11/27/2009

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that works when you are able to crush it or open it, What happens when it is concerta and you can not open or dissolve, so you have to do what i did. Go back ro dissilving meds until child able to swallow. Mine are comin on 4 and 5 still don't swallow to this date. My daughter in the new year having her tonsils and adenoids removed--she still know- But she has been told she had to swallow this stuff, I have tried putting meds in gummy vitaminsm yogurt, pudding, cottage cheese, slice cheese and even a piece of cheddar and chocolate still not work. what it is, they have a sensory thing with stuff in mouths, I do the dissolving method for my son--he he ODD as well as ADHD and thrown in for good measure is OCD, and possibly when older Bi polar as well.

Toniann - posted on 11/26/2009

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i crush my daughters and put it in her glass of milk of a morning i find it easyer to give it to her when she dosent know that shes having it hope that helps :)

Danielle - posted on 11/25/2009

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Thanks, everyone. She is just starting to take Strattera and the Dr. and pharmacist said not to open it because it's tough on their tummy and it tastes awful! We are running out of ideas because she still won't swallow it even with applesauce, pudding, yogurt, jello etc. All suggestions and ideas are very welcome!!!

Christina - posted on 11/12/2009

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my kids take Vyvanse which you can't open the capsule. My daughter puts the capsule in her mouth after getting a sip of water. Some mornings she can swallow it herself but some mornings i have to blow in her face lightly to make her swallow. she couldn't do the pudding or applesauce.

Zeudi - posted on 11/11/2009

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my son is 5 years old and we are splitting the cap and spilling what's in the capsule in applesauce. He doesn't even know it's there. :)

Jaime - posted on 11/10/2009

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My daughter was not able to swallow her pill ( FOCALIN XR) when she first started, I asked the pharmacists and they said it was fine to open the capsule and sprinkle it on apple sauce. We did this for a few months and always made her swallow all of the applesauce in once gulp. Within 4 months she was able to swallow the entire capsule whole with applesauce and then 1 month later she could swallow just the capsule.

Amanda - posted on 11/10/2009

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When my son was little, we started him off by sticking his capsule into a spoon full of pudding or apple sauce and that seemed to work for us :) You could used yougurt too if she likes it. Anything that they would normally swallow without chewing would work. Hope this helps :)

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