Girl taking liquid medicineThe Question:

Are children 6 months to 6 years old able to swallow a mini-tablet as easily as a liquid medicine?

The Study:

Sixty children 6 months to 6 years old were randomly assigned to swallow either a placebo mini-tablet (2 millimeters in diameter) or 3 milliliters (about half a teaspoon) of glucose syrup.

The Results:

The acceptance of the mini-tablet was as high or higher than the liquid for all age groups. “Acceptance” was defined as immediate swallowing or chewing first followed by swallowing.


The researchers from Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorg, Germany, were surprised by how readily even the youngest of children swallowed the mini-tablet. Parents know the challenges they may face when giving their kids medicine. Studies like this demonstrate that small pills may be a viable and easier way to give children their medicines.

Read More:

Archives of Disease of Childhood, 03/11

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