If your child needs to take a supplement or other medicine, you may have run into a problem with giving it to them. It’s one thing to buy an over-the-counter remedy or pick up a prescription, but it is another to get them to ingest it. Whether it’s liquid medicine, gummies, or pills, giving toddlers medicine can be… a hard pill to swallow.
Here are some tips.
How to Give Liquids
- Give them a choice. For example, do they want to use a medicine dropper or a cup?
- For younger toddlers, use a syringe, and be sure to squirt the medicine into the lower cheek instead of the back of the throat
- Let your toddler work in small amounts. Wait for them to swallow before administering more.
- If it’s a prescription, many pharmacists can add flavoring to make the medicine easier to take. Ask your pharmacist if they’re able to add a fun flavor like cherry, grape, or strawberry.
How to Give Pills, Capsules, or Tablets
- If liquid medicine isn’t available, or if your child has a hard time with liquid medications, ask your child’s doctor or the pharmacist if there is a chewable version available.
- If chewable is not an option, see if you can get capsules that can be opened up and sprinkled over food. That way, you can disguise the medicine in a tasty treat your child will eat. Try ice cream, yogurt, applesauce, pudding, a favorite juice, or even syrup!
- If it’s still a battle, alternate between bites of the food containing medicine, and food or a treat your child loves. Try rewarding each bite of food and medicine with, for example, an M&M.
- If your child needs to swallow a pill, use a pill-cutter or knife to split the pill into smaller, easy to swallow pieces. Your child should probably not attempt swallowing pills until at least age four, and even then, only after lots of help and practice. For kids who aren’t old enough or able to swallow pills, make sure to inform your doctor or pharmacist before they write or fill the prescription.
Once you’ve got the hang of how to give your toddler medicine, it’ll be a breeze to get them to take vitamins and supplements from Douglas Laboratories, Alaffia, and Integrative Therapeutics.
Offering one of the largest and most ground-breaking selections of high-quality, science-based supplements to improve your health, Douglas Laboratories has been a leader in the nutritional health industry for more than half a decade.
For children, you won’t have to work hard to get them to try Ultra Preventative Gummy. It’s a tailored, raspberry-lemonade flavored blend of 17 essential nutrients, including choline and Metafolin L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate (L-5-MTHF), enhanced with organic fruits in a convenient, great-tasting, chewable gummy for both children and adults. If you’ve mastered the art of teaching your child to swallow a pill, you can help support their health with Quell Fish Oil Junior, a small, potent softgel high in omega-3 DHA for supporting the general health of kids in a great, natural supplement.
Another way that you can support your toddler’s health journey? Through using high-quality, kid-friendly personal care products from Alaffia. Alaffia is a company dedicated to fair trade, sustainability, and empowering poor communities. Alaffia’s goal is to help West African communities become self-sustaining through the fair trade of local resources. We recommend improving your bathtime routine with their Shampoo and Body Wash for Babies Everyday Coconut, a gentle, non-irritating formula that contains moisturizing Certified Fair Trade coconut oil.
Integrative Therapeutics has been a leading manufacturer and distributor of science-based supplements for 35 years. It is a family-owned company that strives to remain simple, while also developing high quality supplements to support health goals. For kids, try their Similase Jr. Digestive Enzymes, a plant-enzyme formula that provides comprehensive digestive support to help your child stay healthy and help boost their digestive system. For your preschool or school-aged children, try Learner’s Edge, a nutritional supplement for kids that’s formulated to promote healthy cognitive function.