You can mix it with a soft food the child can easily swallow like applesauce, oatmeal, pudding, ice cream, jelly or jam etc. Dont use too large a quantity. Use something the child can swallow in one or two bites and be able to take it all. Something sweet often works best. If the child wont swallow a food with the tablets mixed in, you may have better success with a suspension. With a suspension, you can use a syringe type dispenser and squirt far back in their mouth so they automatically swallow. It can be hard to give some kids medicine. Some kids take medicine easy and some dont. Try not to make too big a deal about it. Your child is going to take cues from you. If you seem stressed about it then they will think it is something unpleasant and fight you in taking it. A 2 year old is beginning to be old enough to reason with some. If they keep spitting it out, offer something pleasant that she likes when she takes it. Tell her "if you swallow all your medicine, I will give you __ " which can be a treat of some kind or tell her she can play an activity she likes or whatever you think she would like as a compromise. If she is really fighting you, talk to your physician or nurse about it. They may be able to show you better techniques or perhaps a liquid would be better but dont change dose forms (liquids, tablets etc) without talking to the doctor about it as changing dose forms can affect the body's drug levels.
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