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I had quite a time learning how to swallow pills. What finally succeeded was practicing on slippery stuff--IIRC chunks of orange but it was so long ago I won't swear to the exact food. Once I mastered the swallowing of the slippery stuff I could handle the ordinary ones.


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I've always be horrible with taking pills, even now I can only really manage a small, round-shaped Tylenol, but a couple of things that help me (which goes against some of the advice mentioned here, I'll admit): Use a wide-rimmed glass with a small amount of water. A short glass (like a juice glass or smaller) helps me a lot. Before taking the pill, I ...


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Try practicing on Tic-Tacs or small tablets - i.e. vitamins. Also, a nurse advised us when swallowing a pill to put your head down and to the right. This has been very helpful; and will certainly - if nothing else - help in preventing painful swallows! I hope this helps! :)


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First take some water in your mouth then raise ur head up and open ur mouth. Now drop the pill in the water and gulp the water and pill together. This technique will eradicate tasting the wierd taste of the pill while eating it and easier to swallow pillows that are little extra sized.


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I was terrible at swallowing pills for years. My inability to swallow tablets and capsules was a contributing factor to simply lying down in bed when I had a headache instead of taking some Tylenol, for example. The few times where I had an acute condition that required swallowing a pill, it would be a big chore that occasionally resulting in spitting out ...


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I used to have the worst problems both with taste and with it sticking to my tongue, and this technique solved both issues for me. I'm the only one I know who does this, and I'm not sure how I came up with it, but maybe it will help. I actually put pills under my tongue, just behind my bottom front teeth. Then as the water comes in, I use the tip of my ...


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I always hated taking pills. Here are some things that helped me: Practice swallowing with soft and slimy food objects first. I recommend standard (cooked) cheesy noodles made with elbow or shell macaroni. Pick one noodle out with your spoon and see if you can swallow it without chewing. (Disclaimer: Supervise in case of choking. I never had problems with ...


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If the medicine is a gel, I would try to apply it to my finger first, then holding the mouth with the other hand, gently apply it to the sores. I have a 1.5 yr old as well, and I KNOW they wont sit still. Nor listen to "reason". So maybe try when in the highchair, as being restricted somewhat may help. You could also try putting the medicine on the back of ...


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I have found the best way is to just dissolve the pill in a cup of juice first. Not too much liquid, so its not a chore to finish it. Works every time, and the child doesn't associate medicine with a bad experience.


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As a kid, I learned by putting the pill in a dab of yogurt on a teaspoon. It was the old-fashion thick yogurt with lots of sugar. Unlike a pill (or even a piece of small candy) swallowing a blob of yogurt feels natural. The yogurt acted as a lubricant against the pill sticking to a dry mouth or tongue. The yogurt also overpowers the bitter taste you ...


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While some pills you can't really do much about, many medicines (such as pain relievers, antihistamines, etc.) come in several different forms, and some are easier to swallow than others. In the same vein as the 'training' idea, if he has to take a Claritin every day, get the kind that have a coating that tastes good or even the ones that dissolve in the ...


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Here are a few things I've recommended. I know this might gross some people out. Some pills (some antibiotics and others) are notoriously bitter/ bad tasting. As soon as they hit the tongue, they start to dissolve, leaving a bad taste and a desire to spit the thing out, which only makes you hold it there longer and get more bad taste in the mouth. A butter ...


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The technique that worked for me was to gently hold the pill between my back teeth, take a big gulp of water and let release the pill as I swallow the water. That way, the pill isn't sitting on your tongue tasting nasty and sticking to it. I've never tried to teach a child to swallow pills but I did use that technique to teach a ~20-year-old adult who'd ...


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There's technique as @Stephie detailed (+1 btw), but don't forget the psychology. No one wants to swallow a pill, especially young ones (rather ironic since they don't always want to chew their food well, either). For my daughter, we made it a game: Get the boat to float in the water and then swallow it all. Years later she stilled referred to "floating ...


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Try a two-pronged approach: Teach proper technique. Many of us were taught to tilt the face upward when swallowing, but recent research see here shows, that this actually makes it harder to swallow. The suggestion is to either a) put the pill on the tongue, then suck a big gulp of water from a plastic bottle or b) put the pill on the tongue, take some ...



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