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10-08-2004, 08:48 PM
hi amymichele
yes, that was me on the other board. thanks for writing. I replied here because i didn't know if you check the other board as much. I can't believe your daughter can't swallow a pill either. I thought my daughter was the only one. When i called to make an appointment for the blood donating i told them that she can't swallow a pill and they told me to ask the pharmacist because there may be a chewable one. I think i once saw like flintstones with extra iron. Tomorrow i am going to go look for something like that in a chewable. I'll let you know if i find something. I also mainly worry about what she will do after the surgery when she is not getting pain meds through iv, how will she take her pain meds if she can't swallow a pill? She will not want to drink some disgusting tasting liquid. It's going to be a problem. I am hoping maybe a nurse at the hosptial will teach her.

10-08-2004, 09:24 PM
This may or may not be helpful, but when my son was 5 and was prescribed a chewable medication, he hated the taste and was determined to learn to swallow pills. We practiced with small candy (like M&M's) He learned in no time...


10-08-2004, 09:31 PM
hi jaci
I figure she'll learn when she is in pain and she will not want to chew something or drink something that tastes horrible.


10-09-2004, 04:05 AM
One of my kids cant swallow tablets either. It is horrible to watch her trying. If I can't find chewable ones for her I crush them and mix them with honey or jam and she takes it off a spoon. Talk to your doctor or chemist ( do you call them that? Drugstore person?) They may be able to offer another alternative.
Best wishes.

10-09-2004, 08:31 AM
My daughter used to have a huge problem with pills. We did the M&M trick with her as well, and it worked like a charm. Getting them to visualize the pill as food that needs to be swallowed is the trick. Also, putting it on the back of the tongue so it doesn't float forward when they take a sip. Then they can relax and down it goes.

Give her a glass of water or milk, and a big handful of plain M&M's. Make sure she takes a drink first so her throat isn't dry. Then leave the room and tell her to have at it. My daughter still has trouble swallowing if I'm right there watching her, because she gets tense.


10-09-2004, 06:14 PM
I just went to CVS and they had flintstone vitamins with extra iron, so problem solved. I asked the pharmacist if this would be okay for her to take and she said it would be fine. She said they may not taste that great. I'm glad i was able to find something. My daughter isn't home to give the taste test yet, but i'll let you all know how it goes. My luck she'll spit it out and tell me she's not taking it.

10-10-2004, 03:28 AM
Hi Jennifer,
You are funny, about your luck she will spit it out and tell you she's not taking it..ha.
I know it's really not a laughing matter, but when I told my doctor I could not swallow a pill easily he told me to stretch my head out like a turtle bc that helps to open the throat area some. Just a suggestion.
I am waitting to hear how the blood donating goes. In Texas they told me it is required that the person weigh minimum 110lbs and if they look thin they will put them on a scale to see.(Ste weighs 104)
I know we both have thin girls right, does Nichole weigh that or NY have different restrictions?

I'll be thinking of you two, Kay

10-10-2004, 05:10 PM
Hey Jennifer,

Try the M&M trick anyhow... one of these days she's got to learn to take pills. The aren't too many chewable options when they're 40....


10-10-2004, 06:33 PM
Hey, thanks for findin me Jenn, in both places even!

Thank all of you for the helpful hints..thru the yrs, we've tried them ALL..except for the turtle-head:D , so you'd better believe she'll tryin to swallow M&Ms like a turtle tonight!

Jenn, we kinda came to your same conclusion, that it may come down to her pain being great enough that she just forgets to tense up, and just swallows the darn thing ..once she's in the hospital that is.

In the mean time, I'm gonna start her on the flinstones w/ iron, great idea;) .

Our surgeon says the hospital will take one unit from her, as long as she is over 70 #. So, there's yet another reason to get her iron levels up. She's only 95 #, and eats sufficiently, but not enough, in my opinion. She told Dr. last week that she'll try to bulk up before June for the after-surgery time when she's bound to lose some weight.

Thanks again for all your comraderie here!

10-10-2004, 08:21 PM
Depending on the size of the tablet maybe you could try 'cutting' them in half or even quarters to make it a little easier.

10-10-2004, 09:45 PM
cheryl, amy and susanna
cutting them sounds like a good idea too, but she is so stubborn she doesn't even want to try, so forget the m & m's. I am just going to wait and i'm sure she will be in so much pain in the hospital she's do anything to get rid of the pain. What do they do though for young children who aren't old enough to swallow? I'm sure they give it in liquid form, right??
kay, nicole weighs i'd say about 95 pounds. When i called the make the appointment for donating i said doesn't she have to weight over 100, hoping they would tell me yes and she wouldn't have to do it, but they said her weight would be okay to donate. I'll let you know how that goes, that is thursday. I just want to get through this week.

10-10-2004, 11:10 PM
One thing to keep in mind with the tablets is her age. Kids can be very stubborn and even gentle encouragement may be too much for her and make her even more determined not to. Remember some people just can't swallow them. My daughter that can't is also a very slow eater. She takes very small mouthfulls and takes a long time. Don't push her too hard there may be a physical reason why she can't. There will always be a way around it.
Best wishes.

Karen Ocker
10-11-2004, 02:11 PM
Some medications come in a syrup-codeine for example. If the pain is severe There is skin patch with fentanyl(duragesic) and Lidoderm(which is put directly over painful spots).

10-11-2004, 03:06 PM
those skin patches sound pretty good if they work. We'll see what happens she'll either swallow a pill or she'll have to drink the pain med. Karen, i think you e-mailed me once, are you the one who used Dr. Boachie? That is who my daughter is having her surgery done by.
i doubt she has anything wrong with her that she can't swallow a pill, but i'm sure some kids do. I dont' think she ever even tried, she just won't try and do it. It's called being a chicken LOL.

10-11-2004, 04:19 PM
You get that!
Another thought, has she ever choked on anything? Ever? Maybe she is frightened of it.
Maybe she is doing it because it gets a reaction from you!
That's kids for you.
Best wishes.

10-31-2004, 12:22 PM
I couldn't swallow pills for about the first 18 yrs of my life..
But I finally figured out somethig that worked for me...
I took a reasonable swig of water in my mouth before putting the pill in. Tip your head back, open your mouth and pop the pill in, then swallow really quick.
I can't do it any other way...

10-31-2004, 12:55 PM
did you have surgery though? because i wonder how my daughter is going to take pain pills after her surgery if she can't swallow a pill.


10-31-2004, 01:55 PM
Yes, I had surgery 10.5 months ago...
In the past when I had to take pain meds but hadn't figured out my trick yet, I always just crushed up the pills and took them in a spoon of jelly or some pudding.... Or chewed them. But that was just so gross.

10-31-2004, 04:47 PM
I'm sure that tastes horrible crushed up, but there may be no other choice

10-31-2004, 07:39 PM
Yea. I recommend the M'M's. I learned how to swallow that way.
I first opened my mouth wide so that the tongue opens up the esophagus. Then jammed the M'M's in and slide it all the way to the esophagus with 1 finger. Keep practicing.

Another way is to try to set a spoon with water and just let the pill melt.

I know the taste of those Flintstones. I use to take them and it tasted bitter and too sugary. ANother way to boost blood levels is through a chinese herb called dongquai. Although there is side effects as it's a powerful herb so some people cannot handle it and there will be like sideeffects such as nose bleeding. I know for a fact as my mom can't handle this herb and she's anemic.

Boys, do not take dongquai unless you want more estrogen in your system.