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Get Swallow-Savvy

When and how can I teach my child to swallow a pill?

At age 5, most kids can swallow a pill the size of a Tic Tac, says Erush. But your child may not be ready to pop a larger one until he's 9 or older. "The best way to get started is to make the pill slippery," advises Erush. Rub a tiny bit of butter on the pill, then place it in your child's mouth. Give him a spoonful of applesauce and tell him to swallow. Don't give him water or juice, since the pill may just float around in his mouth.

Is there a way I can make sure my baby swallows her medicine?

Try blowing on the middle of her face, which will cause her to blink and swallow, says Erush. Or you can break up the dose into small amounts. If the dose is 5 milliliters (mls), for example, give her 1 ml at a time. Using a calibrated syringe applicator, aim the dose toward the side of her cheek, not onto her tongue. If you're still struggling, ask your pediatrician whether the medication comes in suppository form.

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