My son has trouble taking his ADHD pill

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Registered: 08-25-2009
My son has trouble taking his ADHD pill
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Tue, 08-25-2009 - 2:30pm

I mistakenly posted this in the teens and adults section, so this is my posting for the kids section, which is really where I need help.


Kim Clemons

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Registered: 03-25-2008
Tue, 08-25-2009 - 2:38pm

My first thought was to try grape juice. It has a very strong flavor and it's the only thing I've found that disguises disgusting medicines.

Also, I've heard others say to have your child practice swallowing using M&Ms. Kids like M&Ms so they're less fearful. And if it comes up, it doesn't taste gross, so I think it helps minimize the fear of the whole process.

Good luck! And don't worry about admitting to trying to force the issue. We've all been there and know how difficult things can be in these situations. You're just trying to do the right thing for your child.

Michelle

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Registered: 03-25-2008
Tue, 08-25-2009 - 2:40pm
P.S. I would make it something like if he swallows one M&M, he gets to chew four or five of them. Offer an incentive to try.
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Registered: 11-10-2003
Tue, 08-25-2009 - 4:50pm
what about daytrana, the patch?
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Registered: 03-31-2003
Tue, 08-25-2009 - 4:56pm
That was going to be my suggestion, too. We love the patch!











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Registered: 06-10-2007
Tue, 08-25-2009 - 5:24pm

HI, and welcome


All meds are different, and I would suggest Daytrana. It is a Patch worn on the bum/hip, and requires no pill to swallow. It is in the Ritalin family of meds, Methylphenidate, and works well for alot of kids.


A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 08-25-2009
Wed, 08-26-2009 - 10:52am

OK, Let me start off by saying thank you to all the replies!! I have found a new place full of answers from people who are here on this same page with me. ADHD isnt just hard on the kids, its also very difficult for the parents. I cant wait to share

Kim Clemons
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Registered: 06-10-2007
Wed, 08-26-2009 - 11:35am

The Daytrana Patch is the same med as Ritalin, Methylphenidate. The patch is worn for 9 hours, but works for 12. It DOES take as much as 2 hours to "get into the system" to begin working. We stuck it on at 6 am, and by the time school started DD was good to go.


We would remove it after school, and by the time she was done with homework it

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 11-10-2003
Wed, 08-26-2009 - 1:49pm
I really hope that the patch is the answer to your problem but if it turns out not to be for some reason, have you tried a reward system? We used a reward system with my son with good success for a targeted behavior. You could do something like, if he takes his medicine within 10 minutes everyday for a school week, he gets a reward. The reward could be something small like a hot wheels car, trip to the dollar store, etc. You can use a calendar and have him put stickers on each day he takes his pill as asked to, then at the end of the week give him the reward.
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Registered: 08-28-2009
Fri, 08-28-2009 - 9:58am
I hide pills in a scoop of peanut butter.
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Registered: 02-03-2007
Fri, 08-28-2009 - 11:20am

Hopefully your doctor will be open to trying your son on the patch.

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