Oral Liquid Medicine for Children
Resources and information for children’s parents and caregivers.
Rosemont are here to support parents and caregivers in understanding more about swallowing difficulties in children and when an oral liquid medicine may be a more suitable option.
Paediatric dysphagia or paediatric feeding disorder encompasses a wide range of eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. The condition is more prevalent in children with neurodevelopmental issues, however studies have suggested that up to 50% of typically developing children may have feeding issues .
Oral liquid medicines may be a more suitable alternative for children with swallowing difficulties, as well as younger children and infants who may be unable to swallow tablets and capsules.
Oral Liquid Medicines for Children
Most medicines are intended for adults and therefore, are normally prescribed in either tablets or capsules. However, children may be unable to take tablets and capsules, may not like them or find it difficult to swallow them.
There is also a concern about what age children can safely swallow tablets or capsules, so oral liquid medicines are the most appropriate form for younger children who are unable to swallow solid dose forms. 
When administering medicines to children, always consult the product packaging and leaflet first and if you are in any doubt, contact a pharmacist or doctor for more information.
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