Dr Schuman, section editor for Peds v2.0, is clinical assistant professor of Pediatrics, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon, New Hampshire, and editorial advisory board member of Contemporary Pediatrics.
Oralflo Pill Swallowing Cup is designed for pill swallowing-resistant pediatric patients.
Making pills easier to swallow
To solve this dilemma, Oralflo has introduced a "pill swallowing cup" for kids 4 years of age and older. Brilliant in its simplicity, the Oralflo cup is designed to use the natural swallowing reflex to help a child swallow pills without difficulty. The lidded cup is half-filled with liquid, and the pill is dropped into the drinking spout, which contains a plastic grate. The child drinks naturally from the cup, and hopefully the pill follows the water down the gullet. The cups cost $10, and are available directly from the Oralflo Web site, http://www.oralflo.com/.