Make the Medicine Go Down

How to help your child swallow a pill

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(HealthDayNews) -- Some children's medicines come in pill form, and while it's tough enough to get kids to take liquid medications, how can you get them to swallow a pill?

Fairview Health Services in Minnesota offers these alternatives:

  • Put the pill in your child's mouth and have him fill up his cheeks with water, swallowing as few times as possible. The pill should go right down.
  • Place the pill under your child's tongue and have him drink water in gulps from a cup. The pill will often slip out and go down undetected.
  • A thicker liquid like milk may make pills easier to swallow, but ask your doctor or pharmacist before you try this.

- - Felicity Stone

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