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My son has an infected tooth, so hes on antibiotics.. but to my surprise they are in pill form.. hes only 6!

I didnt even think to ask since any meds he gets is in liquid form. I mean we will try the pills (they are capsules so cant be crushed), but if he cant swallow them we'll ask for liquid. Any of your younger kids able to swallow pills? I just remember I was like 10 and I still couldnt do it. Lol

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:08 PM on Feb. 1, 2013 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • Ask the dr.

    Answer by escuchar at 10:59 PM on Mar. 21, 2014

  • DS has been swallowing pills since he was 5 he can't stand liquid or chewable medicine.

    Answer by kmath at 10:57 PM on Feb. 1, 2013

  • Call the doc and have them write you another script for a more appropriate medication for your child. You usually can't return meds once you leave the store with them, but they may take them back. The pharmacist should have caught that one and called the doc or you to double check - but sometimes they are busy and only check the important details like making sure you are getting the meds the doc wrote for.


    Answer by Crafty26 at 6:36 PM on Feb. 1, 2013

  • If they're capsules you pull them apart and put the contents in juice applesauce, whatever.

    Answer by PartyGalAnne at 3:47 PM on Feb. 1, 2013

  • My kid could always feel the pill if it was in something smooshie like applesauce or yogurt. Give him something crunchy like chips celery, have him chew it up but not swallow. Hand him a glass of water, tell him to open his mouth and pop in the pill, tell him to swallow and take a big drink of water.

    It is the only way I could get my oldest to take a pill.

    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 1:54 PM on Feb. 1, 2013

  • How big are they? My kids can all swallow pills, but not the big horsechokers I'm used to (when I have antibiotics the pills are huge - the only non-liquid antibiotics my kids have ever had were chewables). I'd definitely call to get it switched if they're big.

    Answer by idareyou at 1:53 PM on Feb. 1, 2013

  • Just give it to him in a big 'ol spoonful of applesauce. Not a big deal.

    Answer by AllAboutKeeley at 1:34 PM on Feb. 1, 2013

  • Yes, my youngest was 4 when he first swallowed a pill. I didn't expect him to be able to, but he had no trouble. Have you tried to see if he can?

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 12:17 PM on Feb. 1, 2013

  • try putting it in a bite of yougrt or pudding if they wont exchange

    Answer by luvmygrandbaby at 12:12 PM on Feb. 1, 2013

  • Call the pharmacy & ask if you can exchange the pills for a liquid form. They'll ask you to return the pills for the exchange. They can call the Dr. to OK it too.

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 12:11 PM on Feb. 1, 2013

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