how can i get my son to take his pills?

Lesley - posted on 01/08/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I need help! my son refuses to take his pill in the mornings because he says it makes him feel sick, i feel bad for him but he needs to take the pill he was dignosed with ADHD. I tried putting the pill in juice and his food but he knows my tricks now he won't eat because he says he knows mommy put the pll in i feel sick. i talk to his doctor and she says u have to get him use to it. its been like this for over a year now and im stuggling with this problem.

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Dove - posted on 01/08/2013

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If it's making him feel sick... find something else or try to find a way to help him that doesn't require medication.

I didn't want to take my pill (antibiotic or something.. I forget), so my mom hid it in an Oreo once (only time she tried to hide it). I couldn't eat Oreos for over 10 years because of that one time because every time I would try and eat an Oreo... I would taste that nasty pill.

Holly - posted on 01/08/2013

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don't FORCE him to take those pills... there are other ones.... i couldn't IMAGINE making my child take pills that make them FEEL sick

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Ariana - posted on 01/08/2013

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I would try to continue working with his doctor to find pills that don't make him sick and work with a councellor to get him better coping skills.

Until that happens though I would talk to him about this and tell him that taking his pills is non negotiable. Try to explain to him why he has to take the pills and that you will continue to go talk to the doctor to try and find other things that won't make him feel as bad, but until then he needs to take the pills. Obviuosly try to compromise with him and find out what the best way he wants to take it, with food or w/e.

Wake him up earlier in the morning so you'll have more time to try to get him to do it. Get him ready (for school or whatever) and then tell him it's time to take his pill. If he refuses tell him he can't leave w/e spot he's in until he takes it, explain how he knows he needs to take it but don't talk to him for to long, just wait and see if he'll take it. If he continues to refuse I would tell him that him having ADHD means he becomes hyper and can't focus, and since he won't take his pill he can't have any sugar or sugary snacks in his lunch, so any 'snack' food you would have given him, even a juice box or w/e gets taken out.

Could you also make some sort of plan with the school (how old is he? Is he in school?) to know that he's supposed to take his pill in the morning. If he's older I would say give him a consequence for not taking the pill (take tv time away, or something like that). Don't get into arguments or a big battle over it though.

You might also try asking him what he needs from you for him to take his pill. Tell him you're concerned because you want to make sure he's taking his pill so that he can focus better, and you realize he doesn't want to take it because it's making him feel sick, what's a way both of you can solve this situation so you're both happy? Try to see if he has any ideas but if he doesn't just throw suggestions out. Is there something you could do for him afterwards to help him feel less sick? Something he could eat or cuddle time, maybe he just needs some time to relax after taking the pill. Try to find out how long he feels sick for and everything. See if there's something you could do for him to try and help him feel less sick, or just make him feel better. Ask him what he thinks should happen, he might come up with something you hadn't thought of if you give him the opportunity to talk about it. Try to talk to him about it when you aren't asking him to take the pill so you can just think about some solutions.

As sorry as I feel for him, and as much as I agree that you should pursue other avenues, if this is supposed to help him he HAS to take it, it's not a negotiable thing. If he refuses to take it when he's told there have to be consequences to that. Try to work things out and figure out what you can do to get him to have it willingly but otherwise he's going to get in trouble if he doesn't.

If he ever does take it willingly talk about how brave he is, and better than that gossip on the phone to someone about how he took it like such a big boy (I don't know how old he is so if he's older don't use those terms, you know what I mean), talk about how he was making things so easy on you and being really brave and cooperative by taking his pill, he's really being helpful by doing it. Do it in a way where he's not really supposed to hear you like you're talking loudly in another room and he 'overhears' you or something. Just a suggestion.

I hope you can find a way to give him a pill that won't make him sick or take him off the pills somehow.

Holly - posted on 01/08/2013

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then try counseling... forget the pills... perhaps he needs better coping skills.

Lesley - posted on 01/08/2013

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we have tried so many different kinds of pills, doesn't matter what kind of pill it is. it makes him sick to take pills.

Holly - posted on 01/08/2013

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My oldest daughter is going to counseling for her ADD, and i know the counselor also does counseling for ADHD as well

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