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.


Filed Under: ADHD Medication and Children, Ritalin, Adderall, Daytrana, Teens and Tweens with ADHD, Vyvanse
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pink and yellow tic tacs coming out of dispenser

An ADDitude forum member asked, "How can I get my attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) child to swallow pills?" And here is some of the best advice other parents offered for helping children take their medication as painlessly as possible.

Practice Swallowing Medication

"Practice with Tic Tacs." -davegod

"We practiced swallowing the pills with mini M&Ms." -maxsmom599

Next: 7 Tasty Ways to Mask Medications

Alternatives to Swallowing Pills

4 Alternative Methods of Swallowing Pills

Note: ADDitude does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The material on this website is provided for educational purposes only. See additional information. These tips were provided by ADDitude forum members, not by experts. Please consult your doctor with questions or for professional advice.

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