A: 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.