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    Help kids learn to swallow pills
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    Roy Benaroch, MD posted:
    I found this inexpensive but clever cup a few years ago, and it helped my kids learn to swallow pills without a fuss:

    http://www.amazon.com/Maxi-Aids-The-Pill-Takers-Cup/dp/B003E6QLYQ/ref=pd_sim_k_3
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    eastcoastbeachgirl responded:
    Cool cup, I'm going to tell my sister about it. To this day she can not swallow pills unless she chops them up and she is on daily meds, so this should be a great help.

    All my kids for what ever reason wanted to take meds in pill form from a very young age. It was hard to get some meds in pill form, in the right dose for them as the majority of children would only do liquids. Even our pedi was surprised with their preference.

    Maybe they picked it up from me, I don't take much in the way of medication, even over the counter cold remedies I find them to be a waste of money but I do occasionally take motrin for my back pain ( I have had 5 major surgeries on it) and I usually will just dry swallow a pill or take with a tiny sip of water. I developed this habit as a teen when I was having many many surgeries and was required to take many different meds, daily. It became a game to see who (I was in a long term care hospital for 2 years with other children) could swallow the most pills without a drink!?! we drove the nurses crazy!
     
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    Lainey_WebMD_Staff responded:
    That cup is a great idea! Needs to be on the retail store shelves. My children are all old enough to swallow pills but I sure wish I had this when training them how to swallow pills.
     
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    Roy Benaroch, MD replied to Lainey_WebMD_Staff's response:
    It might be available in stores... I didn't mean to endorse Amazon, I just found it there first. This time of year, I'm staying out of the malls and stores!
     
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    Lainey_WebMD_Staff replied to Roy Benaroch, MD's response:
    I never seen them in stores but I also never looked. I am with you Dr. Benaroch online shopping is much easier than fighting crowds in the malls.
     
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    nedderbob responded:
    Our now 22 yr old daughter was about 14 yrs old & was no longer prescribed liquids but could not swallow pills at all when after hours of research we found a simple solution: when taking the pill, drink from a bottle (soda, water, juice, anything). That simple.


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