How do I get son to swallow tablets??

He just retches then spits them out! Have tried breaking them in half, putting them in food, llghim to gulp loads of water quickly but he still cannot swallow them. And its getting a bit silly giving Calpol to a 12 yr old!
18:45 Wed 07th Mar 2012
 
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I still have trouble swallowing tablets and I am 58 . I chew up something soft then pop the tablet in my mouth and swallow. Fruit or something otherwise theymdont go down. I feel very sorry for the poor lad.
I used to crush them up in a spoonful of jam, mix well, and into the mouth. Nearly always worked.
I've got that coming soon. I have and 11 and a half year old and 10 and a half year old. Could you put them right at the back of his tongue and rub his throat so he swallows?
What sort of tablets are these? Can you get capsules of the same and empty the powder out?
Do the jam thing.

I puked all over myself trying to take tabs last week. My son said I'm gross....lol
You should try what I do with the cat - a knee between the shoulders, pull the head back, pop the tablet in and hold his mouth shut till he swallows it ;)
I used to crush tablet between two spoons (it just grinds them fine) then mix with jam. Or you could mix with ice-cream.
is calpol just paracetamol? if so then have you tried dissolvable tablets?
Karen...noooooo....I'd choke on my own vomit..
is dissolvable spelled right? it looks wrong
My mum never could swallow tablets all her life. You can get a thing that will grind pills to powder to mix with jam or yoghurt or custardy pudding. Ask at the pharmacy for liquid medicine equivalents. What is wrong with giving a 12 yo calpol?
Warning! Never open the plasticky gelatin capsules and tip out the contents unless you are SURE it is safe to do so, some meds that are put in those capsules shouldn't be in contact with the mouth or throat, some even need to get into the intestine before they can be absorbed.
PS I know this because my mum burned her mouth and throat doing this, she didn't like to mention to the doc that she couldn't swallow pills.
I have always struggled with taking tablets but I have solved it by putting the drink in my mouth first then putting the tablet in with it and swallowing the whole lot, my 14 year old son can only take them this way too. My oh dry swallows them :-/
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Ive tried the jam thing, tried getting him to put them right at the back of his tongue,..... its any tablet or capsule. think one got stuck first time he tried and so he now panics.
Please don't push this or it will get worse.
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No havent pushed the subject
As Pix (pdust) has said ,you can get dissolvable ones, especially paracetamols and aspirins.
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He wont drink dissolvable tablets either!
liquid? Put in a drink?
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