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Parents of ADHD Children

Won't take meds or supplements

Does anyone else have a standoff with their child when it comes time to take their medication or vitamins?  What do you do?!


My daughter, luckily, likes a lot of things. We don’t do anything unless she’s had meds. I remember a time we’d go for hikes when she wasn’t on meds. I just won’t do it anymore. It is dangerous and the experience is no fun for her either to do things without medication. Part of impulse control is controlling emotions which she can’t not on meds. I would argue with your child but don’t make it optional. If he had diabetes it would be optional.

Posted by YellaRyan on Jul 17, 2014 at 6:11am

There is always some med or supplement my son doesn’t want to take. One he claims is too bitter and one is too sweet. I have tried various liquids. He seems to like grape juice best. I just give him a little bit, like a couple ounces.

Hope this is helpful.
Sue H in PC, Ohio

Posted by SueH on Jul 17, 2014 at 10:23am

Have you asked your child why they don’t want to take medication or vitamins? It could be a sensory or anxiety issue with swallowing pills. If so, these suggestions could help:

ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 17, 2014 at 1:39pm

Also, I have snuck the meds into something without telling my son until well after.  He then has control over his emotions to realize he needs them and it’s not that bad in yogurt or oj.

You can also keep the conversation open with your child about how they feel before and after the meds.  I would only do this when they are medicated.  How it helps he or she to think before acting, etc.

Lastly, choose your battles.  You can let the vitamins slide for awhile if they take their meds.  Good luck!  Been there.

Posted by Pdxlaura on Jul 26, 2014 at 5:39pm

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