Paediatric Medications are prepared as Tablets (which can be crushed), powders, granules, mixtures, emulsions, elixirs and syrups. It is easier to persuade older children to swallow capsules. At the same time it is essential to remember that children can be easily persuaded to have bitter medication if they are assured of a reward in the form of a chocolate or sweets if permitted.
They can be made acceptable if given along with fruit flavoured syrups. But do not mix the medication with food as the child may develop aversion to particular food if mixed with the medicine. Capsules should not be opened and administered as the powder is unpalatable. If child cannot swallow; open the capsule and mix powder with the honey/sugar or other sweetened syrups.