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When can my child take chewable medicine?

When can my child take chewable medicine?
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We know those liquid syringes can be messy and that many medicines taste terrible, but most kids aren't able to chew a tablet without gagging until 2 or 3. Some tablets can be a choking hazard if your child isn't used to chewing hard solid food. Even after your child is able to chew medications, they're not always available in dosages appropriate for young children. Until you're sure your child's ready, you're better off sticking to liquid medications. Many can be flavored to taste better; ask your pediatrician or pharmacist about yummier options.

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Never even thought about it! My daughter will be 2 in 2 weeks and we just switched from "infants" to "children's" liquid not long ago! I did get her some gummy vitamins because those vitamin drops are AWFUL!
Submitted by paigemarie81
My daughter is 23 months and has been chewing the children's tylenol since she got her molars in. She's even been chewing buddy bear pro-biotic tablets for 3 or 4 months.
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