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Any suggestion on how to get the losec into my daughter?

Hi glenda any suggestion on how to get the losec into my daughter she is 3 yrs in nov and and losec has just been increased to 20mg morn and night I don`t want to get the suspension as its going to cost to much I know you cant crush the tablets. At what age can children learn to take a tablet. thanks

Answer: Hi, All children are different, so it is entirely up to you and your child if you want to try giving her a tablet. I have heard of children under the age of 12 months being able to swallow tablets whole, so it may be worth giving it a try. You never know. There is some great information on the RCH hospital site about giving tablets to children http://www.rch.org.au/pharmacy/clinical/index.cfm?doc_id=2098 (though it does say it is for children over 4 years of age). If you don’t think she can manage, or she continues to have difficulty, then it may help if you tried other strategies. Your pharmacist may be able to help with some suggestions as well. One idea is to dissolve it (as much as possible) in a small amount of water, and either give it to her in a syringe or off a teaspoon. You can try mixing it with a bit of apple or pear puree (or yoghurt if she isn’t cow’s milk sensitive). Other foods aren’t suitable, unless they have a similar pH to those I just mentioned. (If you aren’t sure, talk to your pharmacist or contact AstraZeneca, the manufacturer of Losec) Sometimes bribery works at that age- offer her something she would like if she takes the medicine. It can also help, particularly at that age, if you explain to her what you are giving it to her for (that it helps her tummy feel better). If taste is a factor, then you may want to try giving her some ice chips to suck before hand as that reduces the taste factor, and some children are more likely to take the medicine that way. Maybe her independence can work for you too- offer it to her, but let her choose how she would like it. That may be more trouble than it’s worth, but perhaps sometimes worth trying all the same. Other strategies that I can think of- talk to your doctor about having the prescription changed. Zoton is another medication in the same class as Losec, and it is available in a suspension on the PBS system. Nexium is another similar medication that is sometimes more effective (and it is also available in higher strengths, so then she may need less). I hope that gives you some idea. Perhaps a pharmacist could suggest other strategies as well. Glenda
Answered: 22 Sep 2008