Swallowing pills is an important life skill for children to learn because most medicines are in pill form.
Swallowing pills are better:
Find a comfortable place with no distractions - You can try this together
Let the child choose their own drink - This can be milk, water, or sugar free juice
Start with the smallest practice pill or sweet - Give some control to the child by letting them choose one for you too
Place the practice pill or sweet in the middle of their tongue - Don't throw head back
Seal lips around the top of the bottle and take three gulps of liquid without putting the bottle down
Try another pill or sweet, following the same steps - (never say bigger one!)
Watch our film with Sister Ailsa Pickering
We have a series of podcasts about learning to swallow pills. Listen to Daniel’s podcast to hear his story and find out how swallowing pills made a difference to him.
Listen to Sister Ailsa Pickering talk about teaching children to swallow pills