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QA27: How can I help my child to learn how to swallow pills?

I usually recommend getting those small M&M’s that come in a tube to practice with initially. First have your child take a large spoonful of applesauce (or pudding or some other similar substance, though I think applesauce works best because it is “slippery”) and swallow it quickly. The next step is to take one of these small M&Ms and place it on top of one of these spoonfuls of applesauce, but then to push the M&M into the sauce and cover it up with applesauce so that the M&M is really not even visible. Then swallow that quickly, again without chewing at all. Once good at this, then graduate to the larger M&Ms. Once your child can do this, it is time to try the medicine pills.

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