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A Spoonful of Sugar - The Importance of Palatability in Children's Medication

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There are a number of factors influencing a doctor’s choice of antibiotic, however, taste is not usually one of them. Research has indicated the importance of palatability when selecting medicines for paediatrics, so let's take a closer look at its influence, and what we can do to help.

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Antibiotic adherence is an important issue in all patients, but specifically so in children. There are a number of factors influencing a doctor’s choice of antibiotic, however, taste is not usually one of them. Research has indicated the importance of palatability when selecting medicines for paediatrics, so let's take a closer look at its influence, and what we can do to help.

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Sarah Vogel
Sarah Vogel specialises in producing well researched articles in the field of health and medicine. She has a BHlthSci (MRT), having studied and worked as a Radiation Therapist, as well as being trained as a telephone counsellor. She has written for a variety of online websites and blogs, but particularly enjoys focusing on health education and psychosocial issues.
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Lisbette Seguin
26 Mar 2022
Loved the concept of “pill school” and teaching parents to teach kids older than 6 to use palatable items to learn how to swallow oral meds.
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Megan Cudaj
22 Aug 2021
This resource was a good tool for nurses to increase their chances of successfully administering oral medications to paediatric patients.
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05 Apr 2022
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