Learning to Swallow Pills – The Mini Marshmallow Method

Screen shot 2014-12-07 at 10.22.10 AMParents: do you need a no-fuss method of teaching your child to swallow a pill? Here’s a trick I’ve used for years: miniature marshmallows.

Depending on your child’s maturity, this is most often successful in children starting around age six. This method is a great way to reduce the drama and achieve success in short amount of time. And most importantly, it can save a lot of money at the pharmacy counter. Compare the cost of a year’s worth of liquid Zyrtec/cetirizine versus a year’s supply of generic Zyrtec/cetirizine tablets. The cost savings is sizeable!

  1. Purchase a pack of mini marshmallows.
  2. Tear them in half and have your child practice swallowing them with some water. They tend to slide right down.
  3. Once they have the hang of it, try putting the tablet in the mini marshmallow. (This is a trick that can be used with pets, too.)
  4. Once confident and over time, see if your child can swallow the pill by itself.

Good luck!

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Disclaimer: This blog is not intended to create a doctor-patient relationship with any reader. If you need personalized medical advice, contact your primary care physician or other physician in your community.

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