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Table 3 Reasons given by children for refusing medications

From: Children’s perceptions about medicines: individual differences and taste

Taste/flavor, 84.9 % (73/86)  
 “Nasty”/“Nasty taste” (n = 32) “Doesn’t taste good”
 “Yucky” (n = 4) “Taste like fish”
 “Bitter” (n = 3) “Don’t like grape”
 “Tastes horrible” (n = 2) “Sour/salty taste”
 “Gross/tastes gross” (n = 2) “Bitter cherry/ear wax taste”
 “Tastes ugh” (n = 2) “Doesn’t taste like cranberries”
 “Bad taste” (n = 2) “Only like blueberries”
 “Icky taste later” “Fruit flavor, only bubble gum flavors”
 “Nasty after taste” “Tastes nasty, only like bubble gum”
 “Tastes old” “Nasty, doesn’t like cherry”
 “Tastes like poison” “Tastes nasty/doesn’t like color or flavor”
 “Don’t like taste” “Too hard”
 “They have vegetables inside and don’t taste good” “Mom puts it in salty water”
 “Tastes like alcohol” “Tastes like salt water”
 “Tastes like diet” “Tasted horrible and scared to swallow”
 “Hated taste” “Tastes too sour, old people like them”
 “Disgusting”  
Problems with swallowing or choking, 8.1 % (7/86)  
 “Hard to swallow” (n = 2) “Scared to choke”
 “Couldn’t swallow and choked on it” “Have to drink water to swallow them”
 “Gag, can’t chew, hard to swallow” “Afraid because little boy on TV choked from pills”
Consequences of taking medicine, 2.3 % (2/86)  
 “Allergic” “Makes me have headaches”
Combination/other, 4.7 % (4/86)  
 “I don’t know” (n = 2) “I don’t know what to do with them”
 “Medicine is for grownups”  
  1. Responses are n = 1, except as noted