ADHD Child Won't Swallow Pills? 15+ Solutions from Real Parents

Parents of ADHD children share strategies to help the medicine go down -- including disguising pills, masking unpleasant flavors of medications, and practicing swallowing techniques.

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7 Tasty Ways to Mask Medications

"My son's doctor had to prescribe a capsule of medication that can be opened and sprinkled on yogurt. Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse are all available in capsule form. My son says Vyvanse tastes the best, and it comes in a powder form that can be stirred into any drink." -supergokart

"My child found it easier to take his medication if it was served in applesauce." -Elaine20

"My parents crushed my pills, mixed them with jelly, and put the jelly mixture on a spoon and shoveled it in my mouth. Now that I think back, it would have probably worked to freeze this concoction in frozen form as popsicles." -Amanda Nelson

"A 'must-have' to get my kids to take their meds is to serve the medicine in a spoonful of yogurt with nonpareils on top. You'll find these sprinkles in the cake decorating or baking section of your local grocery store. The small, dot-sized ones are easiest to work with. I've used this for giving everything from chewable amoxicillin to Ritalin LA in a capsule." -cotrav5

"A teaspoon of crunchy peanut butter can easily disguise pills if they're small." -Sherry

"I spray whipped cream (out of a can) into my son's mouth after he puts the capsule on his tongue. The whipped cream creates a barrier so the capsule doesn't roll out and it gives him something substantial to swallow." -bristoladd

"My husband noticed that our daughter, who was struggling to take her meds, was able to swallow fruit-flavored Gushers whole. He had the brilliant idea of cutting open a Gusher and sticking the capsule inside." -Becky

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TAGS: ADHD Medication and Children, Ritalin, Adderall, Daytrana, Teens and Tweens with ADHD, Vyvanse

 

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