Getting kids to take their meds or do their exercises can be a tricky task. Here are some rules to remember:
Routine – make it a habit for your child to do her exercises or take her medications. Set aside the same time every day or week as necessary.
Reward your child with age-appropriate and goal-appropriate prizes for sticking to their treatment plan. Dinner out, a trip to the roller skating rink or a box of crayons can all have their place in a reward system based on accumulating points over days and weeks.
Reassure your child that taking her medication makes a big difference in how she feels. It may not change how she feels today but it will make a difference in a few days, weeks or years.
Relinquish control when your child is ready to take his medications on his own. Letting a responsible teen be in charge of his medications, while still reasonably monitoring him, helps him take responsibility for his health in the long run.
Remind your child when needed. Everyone needs a little reminder every now and then. Your commitment to your child’s treatment plan is as important as hers. But when you remind, make it a positive encouragement; avoid nagging.