Any suggestions about how to teach kids to swallow pills?

Shannon - posted on 07/19/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son has to take a big dose of medicine for bronchitis and it's a big fight. I'd like him to learn how to swallow pills instead. Any suggestions on how to teach him? Is 6 too young?

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Katreena - posted on 01/06/2011

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A very late response, but... my mom taught me to take pills when I was about 3 1/2 by having me swallow a frozen pea, then a frozen blueberry and so on up to a small grape, and then showed me how much bigger than the pill the grape was. I took pills without problem from then on. I actually preferred tablets to capsules, but I'd figure each kid is different.

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Sherri - posted on 01/06/2011

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No but it is difficult. My son chews a grape and right before he swallows it he drops in the pill and swallows. Like anything else it takes practice. However, because he is already so ill right now may not be the best time to start trying this.

P.S. I think Katreena's advice is AMAZING!! I just wish I had thought of that. Well the pea and blueberry not sure I would go as big as a grape.

Michelle - posted on 01/06/2011

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My son was taking pills by age 4 as getting liquid into him was like pulling teeth. I just showed him how to put it at the back of his throat take a drink and swallow worked for him he now takes most of the smaller meds without water and he is now 9

Phyllis - posted on 07/19/2010

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My son has been taking 3 pills daily since he was 4. He is 6 and now takes all 3 at once with no trouble. 2 of the 3 are pretty big too. Capsules will go down better than tablets if you can get it in that form. Most antibiotics will be available in capsules, though they can be large. The trick in the beginning is to put the pill UNDER the tongue and not on top. That helps it go down better plus it does not taste bad that way. And use milk or chocolate milk to wash it down. Once they are used to it, it won't matter where you put it or what you drink.

Michelle - posted on 07/19/2010

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6 is probably old enough to swallow small pills but it's still not a nice thing as pills taste horrid. Try hiding them in food, or even crushing them in food.

Tanya - posted on 07/19/2010

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I used to dip them in nutella for my girl for my boy a drink of choc milk after with a straw did the trick, milk is thicker than water and tends to carry the pill down easier. good luck :) I gave my kids pill form at this age like gravol and what not, then anything else they took I would ask them at the pharmacy do u want pills or liquid and they choose.

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