Would you like some tartar sauce with your vitamin?

My older son, C., has been swallowing pills for a while. As a kid plagued with headaches, he had to learn some time ago to take an Advil or an Aleve, if he wanted to get rid of the pounding misery that occasionally attacks him.

But recently, his pediatrician advised him to start taking some multi-vitamins that are, shall we say, sizable.

They’re not the biggest pills I’ve ever seen or taken, but they are substantially larger than your standard fever-reducer or sinus-decongester.

C. was not impressed.

Despite my urgings, he claimed that water and other liquids just wouldn’t do the trick. The big pills were being difficult. So one day, I plopped the vitamin into a yogurt he was about to eat and — voila! — a solution to large pills was born.

Now, I’m fine with him gulping down a pill with a spoonful of yogurt, or even some applesauce. But C. has not been content to stop with these standard mushy food items.

Instead, I regularly find him searching through the refrigerator for the next, latest & greatest, vitamin-swallowing helper.

To date, he has taken his vitamins with:

  • Bleu cheese salad dressing
  • Straight BBQ sauce
  • Jello
  • Tartar sauce
  • Chocolate syrup (Suggested by my husband, and to which C. replied, “I’m sure my doctor would love to know that I’m taking my vitamins with chocolate syrup.” But of course, he didn’t turn it down.)
  • Pickle relish
  • Sour cream
  • Ketchup (yes, just a spoonful of ketchup)

There might be more. But honestly, I’ve stopped looking. I just give him the big blue pill and trust that, one way or another, it will make its way down.

If you ask me, I think he could probably swallow the things with a swig of milk. After all, chocolate syrup is mostly liquid, so if it goes down with that, it should go down with milk. Or juice. Or water.

But what fun would that be for C.? After all, with his current approach, he gets to play with condiments and drive his mother a little crazy. A little bright spot in every day.

It’s okay though. I love this kid — vitamin-taking quirks and all!


  1. I love that! I’m grossed out but I love it

  2. That’s very inventive of him! It seems like the straight BBQ sauce would be a little hard to take.
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  3. Oh my goodness. I think a whole straight up spoonful of some of that stuff would make me gag more than the pill. LOL. But whatever works.

  4. LOL that is hilarious! Tim’s family took all of their vitamins in yogurt too.. I don’t get it.. I know you can swallow it but I usually chew it a little.. anyone else do that?

  5. This is so funny. Rick & I were just talking the other day about how much I dislike taking big pills, especially the ones without the coating. My mom put many a pill into applesauce for me way back when – I guess we just weren’t as creative as C. Perhaps a spoonful of sugar does help the medicine go down – let me suggest maple syrup for his next try!

  6. I use the tiny cans of V8 juice … mustly to mask any flavor … not a good pill taker either … whatever it takes C

  7. I’m a little grossed out. But had to smile at the end, because I’m sure that driving his mother crazy is definitely part of the plan.
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  8. Well. THAT is certainly unique! =D

  9. It seems like the straight BBQ sauce would be a little hard to take.
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