Teach Your Kids With A Piece Of Candy On How To Swallow Pills

June 18, 2019

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Most children’s medicines are available in chewable or liquid form, but there will come a time when your kid has to swallow a pill. And that can be a weird, scary thing. So here's a tip from a pediatrician that will lessen the struggle and it involves a piece of candy. Treat the piece of candy as you would a pill and demonstrate how to swallow it.  Have your child practice by taking a big sip of water without swishing it around in their mouth. Start with the smallest piece of candy, such as a cupcake sprinkle, and place it on their tongue.  Then have them take a sip of water and swallow the “pill.” In this exercise, make sure to refer to the candy as a "pill" as to not confuse them that a medication (like aspirin) is not candy. Do this several times to help them build confidence. Then move onto the next candy size. If a pill won’t go down, encourage your child to take another sip. If they get frustrated, take a break. Each session should be no longer than five minutes and it may take several sessions over several days to work up to the largest pill. The exercise is mostly about overcoming anxiety. If your child is extremely resistant or has gagged or vomited when trying to swallow a pill in the past, talk to your pediatrician about alternatives. Do not cut or grind any medication without first consulting with your pharmacist, as that can be dangerous.

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