Trouble in swallowing tablets?

@swarn47 (1706)
India
January 17, 2007 10:07am CST
You see many kids have trouble in swallowing tablets. They are either afraid of it or they just vomit it out whenever they try to swallow the tablets. Some tablets taste bitter also. I also face such problems in my home with my kids. How to solve this? I have tried many things like giving it with honey, sauce, jam etc. Even then I do not succeed many times. Please suggest some kid friendly solutions to solve this problem. Thanks.
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@shyam4uall (1002)
• India
17 Jan 07
Yeah I have also face the same problem in my childhood..and to be frank I have some problem now also..I think we behave in that manner because I minndset is being created that they taste bitter..and very very very worse.. I think the only substitute for it may be opting for any syrup with same action as the tablets..nothing else I can see.
@SplitZip (1490)
• Portugal
17 Jan 07
(LOL) Good thing I'm not the only one! ;) I hate taking pills. But with some pills, you can just chew them, if it bothers you. When people have difficulty taking pills, the doctors tell you to crush them. Of course, this doesn't work with those jelly ones that have liquid inside them. I think they're meant to dissolve slowly in your stomach too...
• India
17 Jan 07
there is some problem in sawallowing tablets for children. becuse they are small and can't take a big tablet without any problem. so they must be given liquid medicines. liquid medicines are easy to take in and easy to start working in side the baby. always give liquid medicines to your baby.
• United States
18 Jan 07
Im 17 and have a problem with it too. Sometimes it goes down easily and sometimes i struggle and end up spitting it out due tothe taste.
@ananth85 (209)
• India
18 Jan 07
Yeah, right. All liquid medicines are very easy to take-in, for children. Another way of doing it, is that, you mix the solid pill with powdered sugar in a glass of water, until the solution is atleast tasteless, or sweet. This solution could be used for intake. Any Comments?
• India
18 Jan 07
For small children swallowing tablets is a very big problem. Even some big people face problem in swallowing tablets. Your can powder them and mix with honey, or sugar water. Otherwise you can take a piece of plantain keep the tablet inside the small piece of banana & give. I think this will work
@swarn47 (1706)
• India
18 Jan 07
Thanks to all for ur valuable suggestions.
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
18 Jan 07
even i used to face this problem as a child and my parents used to have a tough time making me swallow. i would definitely vomit or puke out the whole thing, this made the situation even worse, for the tablet would start dissolving , making the whole swallowing episode tougher still. my mom used to cut bananas in pieces and push the tablet inside and i would swallow it in no time, most of the time without realising. this had worked wonderfully for me. good luck
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
18 Jan 07
* atleast i could respond this time!
• United States
18 Jan 07
My brother had the same problem growing up, and still does till this day. It is not as bad as it was when he was younger, but it is still an issue with him. So, I hope that eventually you can work it out. I am not sure what the best methods are, but I am thinking that perhaps you might want to first, split the tablet in half, because if it is too large, then that could be the issue. We used to have that problem with my brother also. The key, is really to drink lots of liquid so it floats down, and does not stick in your child's throat, leaving a bitter taste and becoming difficult to swallow. Also, if that doesn't work, then crush the pill, in a plastic bag, or whatever you have and "hide" it in something edible, like juice or a P&B sandwhich. Don't make a big issue out of it though, because then it might become a bigger issue in the future. Good luck, and hope things improve.
• United States
18 Jan 07
Oh, I forgot...try to get children's medicine or perhaps liquid capsules...there are stuff out there that should not taste as bad as things did when I was a kid
@bhu143 (525)
• India
18 Jan 07
try this say them you will give them a chocholate for taking the tablets my mom says to me like that
@swarn47 (1706)
• India
18 Jan 07
Thanks to all for educative and kid friendly solutions. My kids are loving your responses and they are very thankful to you. They have promised me to reach a conclusion after reading ur responses and will not cause any trouble to me when they are required to take a medicine. Cheers to myLot and its users for solving another problem. Thanks to everyone.
@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
17 Jan 07
some pills can be crushed, so try crushing them and putting them in a juice for them, if not look for chewable tablets or a liquid form instead of tablets.
• India
17 Jan 07
ya its difficult to swallow bcoz we r not used to eat things by just swallowing and even that too with the bitter taste....capsules r easy to swallow as they r coated or covered rather then tablets which taste bitter instantanouesly as when we put in our moist tongue........but still u dont hav the option when u needd that ...i thing still better then interavenous injections with sharp long needles!!!....may be some people like that and give preference our the tablets.....any one of u??
@overtaker (207)
• India
17 Jan 07
my mom used to dissolve the tablet in water the add some thin like sugar e.t.c., to make it taste better ,may be this would help
@swarn47 (1706)
• India
17 Jan 07
Thanks to everybody.
• India
20 Jan 07
first put water in mouth.. then put tablets and swallow ok...
• United States
20 Jan 07
My daughter felt the same way your kids feel about taking the tablets. She is now 14 years old and just recently had to force herself to start taking capsules or tablets. So over the years this is what I have always requested from her doctors - that they give her medication in liquid form. That cuts down on all of the headache. Also, I if they could not give to her in liquid I always ask the doctor if this medication was ok for me to crush in spoon or her food, etc.. most doctors will work with you as far as giving liquid. However, my daughter decided that since she was 14 teenage years old it was better for her to practice taking tablets because she had to take so much liquid spoonfuls in order to match what the doctors dosage (and she hated that). She decide much easier to take one tablet than 3 spoonfuls of medicine. Again, ask the doctor for liquid medication.
@shedii (1487)
• India
20 Jan 07
I don't have kids & I don't remember me as kid. But yes, my brother had trouble in swallowing tablets. My parents tried many ways, but none of them worked. Then they had to ask the Doctor to replace the tablet with syrup containing same contents. And tablets are for adults, there are all kind of syrups are available for kids.
@vanities (11410)
• Davao, Philippines
19 Jan 07
mine have trouble in swallowing to tablets med..what i do was i ground it first and then put some honey on it so that my child will taste the honey and not so with the med.and it works to us..
• Indonesia
18 Jan 07
hey, i have a tip to swallowing tablet. just put the tablet into banana, and eat the banana part which you put the tablet into..
• United States
18 Jan 07
I couldn't take pills when I was a kid. I remember being 12 or so and demanding the antibiotic I needed be in liquid form because I could not swallow a pill. The doctor gave in but said it was the last time she would prescribe me liquid because I was too old for it. I am 30 now and still have trouble swallowing pills. If they are gel coated (like many over the counter pain killers--Tylenol) then I take them with water. But if they are not coated I have to take them with food. It is a trick I learned in high school. I take those meds with food always. I take a bite of food, chew it up then pop the pill in just as I am swallowing. Sometimes just eating something soft (like pudding) that needs no chewing works. The food in the mouth tricks the body into opening the throat wider, allowing the unchewed tablet to go down without choking or gagging the person.
• India
18 Jan 07
yessssssssss
@srkool (1012)
• India
18 Jan 07
yaa it has been seen that often children have problem in swallowing tablets.... tablets must be given to them with some sweet thing the best way is to give it is by putting them into banana and then give it to them
@lingli_78 (12836)
• Australia
18 Jan 07
well, i have the same problem until now... i dislike medicines a lot and i can't swallow tablets... my mum used to gives me sweet everytime i finish taking a medicine... may be you should encourage your children by giving rewards after they succedd in swallowing tablets for a number of times... the rewards can be anything... just be creative...
@ambuvs (100)
• India
18 Jan 07
Yes i have seen many kids have trouble in swallowing tablets.
• Canada
18 Jan 07
One solution which my friends mother used is crash the tablet and give with suger or honey.
@toonatoons (3739)
• Philippines
18 Jan 07
i was going to say "just a little spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down", but you yourself said that didn't work. why don't you try this: pulverize the tablet and mix it with his beverage or food. maybe, he wouldn't know the difference, what do you think?