How to swallow pills with child life specialist Heather McKean

Swallowing pills can be an intimidating task, both for kids and people who are new to taking medication. Check out child life specialist, Heather McKean’s, tips for learning to swallow pills and download a helpful info sheet.

Steps to swallowing:

  1. Find a candy that’s the same size as the pill you need to swallow. Find three more candies that get gradually smaller in size.
  2. Start with water. Take a small sip and swallow it without letting the water fill your cheeks.
  3. Place your smallest candy on your tongue, take a sip of water and swallow with the same technique.
  4. Repeat with each larger candy until you have mastered them. Finally, try with your largest candy.