Please help! Medication issue!

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Please help! Medication issue!
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Sun, 12-13-2009 - 8:33am
We started on ritain la which was switched to Focalin XR when we were not getting long enough effect. SInce switching getting DD to meds has been a complete night. We took her off the xr and gave her regular focalin two tmes a day but the rebound effect was too intense so we switched to concerta and she has been refusing to take. Last week had to bring the meds to school to be given by nurse. She is 6 and does not understand the benefits. She keeps saying she will control behavior. This is the only time that she is opposistional-there is

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Sun, 12-13-2009 - 10:44am

Hi, and welcome.


Honestly, at 6, she doesn't have a choice. I would make her take it, even if it included holding her down and shoving it down her throat (I HAVE done it).


IMO meds are not optional until an age that the child is no longer living in my house, until then, they WILL take them.


I would speak to the Psych about it, and see what you can do. It may be the zoloft causing a reaction.

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

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Sun, 12-13-2009 - 11:30am
<> Yes, I've done it also. Being the pill police is an unpleasant, but necessary part of being a parent. Just think of it as training for those years in the future, when you will have to do even more difficult things your children do not like, because you are a parent, not a friend, and it is your duty.
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Mon, 12-14-2009 - 12:58am
Truthfuly I don't believe the medication is optional however my dd has ADD and severe anxiety issues. I don't want to cause her further harm.
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Mon, 12-14-2009 - 9:36am

Have you tried bribery yet?

Sticker chart where you get a sticker for taking the pill & after X times, you get a reward (extra bedtime stories, whatever works for your kid)?

"Practice" taking pills by using mini M&M's or tictacs?

I'd start by having a conversation with her NOT at pill time about the situation. What does she think will help? You make it really clear that "not taking" isn't an option, and that she isn't having to take these pills because she's doing something wrong (the way you phrased what she said sounded like she might be taking it that way, if that makes sense?). So, how can you both work together to make it easier?

Good luck!

Megan
Megan
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Mon, 12-14-2009 - 5:22pm
I have tried it all. bribery, threatening, talking with her. SHe took the medicine today the medicine with a little resistant. Hopefully we will continue on a good note.
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Registered: 02-14-2007
Mon, 12-14-2009 - 8:31pm

You are in a pickle - it sounds like she is using words that you have used like "control"

Denise

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Mon, 12-14-2009 - 8:34pm
Even with anxiety - you have to do it - she WILL live thru this and don't cater to every need - you can't be there every moment - and she needs to learn thru therapy how to deal with the anxiety

Denise

Denise

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Mon, 12-14-2009 - 8:39pm

I never believed in bribery for meds

Denise

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Mon, 12-14-2009 - 8:41pm
I am a social worker who works with at risk kids and
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Mon, 12-14-2009 - 9:49pm

I am sorry that you feel that way, it was not intentional. I would sit her down and explain to her that the meds help her learn, and she needs them to socialize with her peers. As a social worker I am sure you understand how important social skills are to kids.


Have you seen the Phoebe Flowers books? They are about a girl her age who has ADHD, and the problems and issues that go along with it, all written pretty similar to the Junie

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

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