Medication Reminders

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A mom emailed asking for ideas about how to help an almost ten year old begin to take responsibility for remembering to take his medication in the morning. Here are a few ideas; if you have more, post a comment!

~A friend of mine puts her daughter’s medication in a weekly dispenser, and places it beside her daughter’s bed. It’s the first thing her daughter is supposed to do in the morning – before she gets out of bed.

~And if she forgets…When he was old enough, we had an agreement with the school secretary. If our son forgot, she had a bottle for him at school. He or I could tell her that the dose had been forgotten.

~Use a reminder watch or clock. They’re great for any type of medication, but also to remind your child to re-focus, to get back on track, or to do a certain chore.

By the way, if you’ve never read it, here’s the story about how we agonizingly came to the conclusion to use medication for one of our sons.

About Kayla

Kayla Fay is a freelance writer and the mother of four boys, three of whom have been formally diagnosed with the inattentive type of ADHD. When she started “Who Put the Ketchup in the Medicine Cabinet?” in 2002, her sons were ages 8 through 14, when her life was a “progression of dirty laundry, lost homework, misunderstood Algebra, and a whole lot of love and fun”.

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