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Chewable antibiotics an option for kids who won't take liquid medicines

Does your child refuse to take liquid antibiotics?

If you have ever had to give your child a course of liquid antibiotics, you know that after that initial dose it can be a challenge to get your child to take it again. Liquid antibiotics simply taste terrible, which is one of their biggest drawbacks, says Lyndsey Hogg, pharmacist with Ascension Medical Group.

One option for your child, if they absolutely refuse to swallow the liquid antibiotics, might be a chewable form of the medication. 

“The most common antibiotics, amoxicillin and Augmentin, are available in a chewable form, but most other commonly prescribed antibiotics come as liquids,” Hogg says.

If the antibiotic your physician has prescribed is only available as a liquid suspension, ask your pharmacist about flavoring. Flavoring agents can disguise the initial taste, which is what might make your child refuse to take the medication.

Flavor choice depends on the medication, Hogg says. Some medications can be blended with a fruit flavor, but others can’t and may be mixed with a flavor such as bubble gum.

“Parents really just need to ask their local pharmacist a lot of questions,” says Hogg. “The antibiotic doesn’t do the child any good if they won’t take it.”

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