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This behavioral intervention was developed for CF Teams and parents to help children ages 3 to 8 to learn how to swallow pills. Many children with CF learn to swallow their enzymes naturally. If your child has not learned to do this on his or her own by age 3, talk with your CF Team about getting their help in doing this program with you and your child.

Link: http://www.happyheartfamilies.citymax.com/f/CF_Pill_Swallowing_Program.pdf 

For more tips about how to get your toddler to take enzymes without applesauce, see the article "Enzymes Beyond Applesauce"

Why is pill swallowing important?

"Difficulty swallowing pills is a significant barrier to adherence in young children with CF. In a survey of patients from general pediatric practices, 26% of children had difficulty swallowing pills. In a study of barriers to adherence for CF, “difficulty swallowing pills” was listed by the child as the second most important reason for missing enzymes or oral medications." (Marciel, Quittner, Modi, & Cruz, n.d.)

Learning to swallow pills is important for children who must regularly take oral medications. Swallowing pills without difficulty increases adherence, convenience for parents, and the efficacy of enzymes.

Reference: Encouraging Pill Swallowing in Young Children with Cystic Fibrosis: A Behavioral Intervention for the CF Team by Kristen K. Marciel, Ph.D., Alexandra L. Quittner, Ph.D.,Avani C. Modi, Ph.D., & Ivette Cruz, M.S. 


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