The most popular post I have ever written for this blog detailed effective strategies for helping your child learn to swallow pills.
I'm certain you've already read it.
So how can it possibly be that your child still has difficulty swallowing pills?
Don't despair! So says an article published online today in Pediatrics. In it, authors reviewed already published studies in which children were trained to swallow pills. No matter what the strategy used, the vast majority of children were successfully swallowing pills within a short period of time.
Strategies that were effective included:
Though I have nothing against them, I haven't used the pill cup or the spray in my own therapy sessions with children for two reasons. The first is that pills sometimes need to be taken on the fly and the special cup or spray might not be available. For instance, a child gets sick while traveling. Then what do you do?
The second is that the vast majority of children can learn to swallow pills if given clear instructions and low pressure opportunities to practice. Indeed, studies have shown 70-90 percent of children identified as having difficulty swallowing pills will learn to do it quickly with simple instructions and no special equipment. Some good strategies to try can be found here. A more detailed at-home training program can be found here.
Some other tips: