Pill Practice for Kids

March 2, 2008

It can be difficult for children to learn to swallow pills with water. Suggest to parents that miniature versions of candy-coated chocolates (eg, M&M's Minis) are a harmless substitute with which to practice.


It can be difficult for children to learn to swallow pills with water. Suggest to parents that miniature versions of candy-coated chocolates (eg, M&M's Minis) are a harmless substitute with which to practice; they do not present the choking hazard that larger candies might. However, be sure to stress that any pill-swallowing practice session involving candies needs to close with a reminder to the child that real pills are not candy and must never be treated as such.

-- Sheryl Stone Clay, RN, BSN
Mason, Ohio
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