Does anyone have advice on how to help children swallow big pills?
By Jordan from Oconomowoc, WI
Here are some tips that should help.
If they are a solid pill you can crush them into a powder or cut them in half to make them smaller. Don't try that if they are coated or filled with a liquid.
Ask the pharmacist before you divide or crush the pill! Some pills cannot be cut or crushed! But, if they can't, he/she may easily be able to give you the same dosage through several smaller pills. While you're talking to the pharmacist, ask him/her about ways to make taking the medicine easier! I don't think most people realize that pharmacists are well prepared to do more than dispense the medicine. (If dispensing medicine was all they did, it wouldn't take all those years of college, five, six, or more!)
The best way for anyone to swallow a pill is to put the pill in your mouth, drink water and lower your chin to your chest almost touching or touching, really and then swallow. Yes, it sounds and looks goofy, but it opens the back of your throat and even the biggest pill goes down easier. Now with a child, I am sure you could make a game of this.
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