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Name: seeya65
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My grandson just started taking concerta we only get him on friday night and Saturdays but I noticed a difference in him friday night he was much calmer until about 6pm ,his mom said to give him the pill in the am before 9am we attempted to do so but he refused to take the pill he held it in his mouth for an hour we gave him drinks and peanu butter but he would not swallow the pill , 1st concern is , is it good for him to have the dissolving in his mouth and 2nd concern is thinking about next week how are we gonna get him to take it , if anyone has any ideas please help me thanks
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Name: jamberrt | Date: Sep 17th, 2006 1:45 AM
Mimic him....and get him to be like you. Tell him, "I really don't like taking vitamins but if you take yours I'll take mine." Then when both of you have swallowed them - get him to check your mouth - you give hugs or a treat. 

Name: mommyp3 | Date: Sep 18th, 2006 9:46 PM
How old is your grandson? My son is 8 and I am very honest with him and his condition. He is aware that he has ADHD and he knows the medicine will help him be able to concentrate during school! Sometimes he even reminds me that he needs to take his pill if I forget! So let him know that it is good for him. My son is also on concerta. It is meant for during school hours. It usually wears off during the evening. I don't care if he's hyper at home, I just want him to do good in school. Good Luck... 

Name: seeya65 | Date: Sep 18th, 2006 10:17 PM
he is 5 but was born preemie only weighing 1 1/2 lbs at birth so he a bit delayed , I will try your suggestions this week end I would love to be able to spend good time with him instead of constantly putting him on time out thanks 

Name: druboo2002 | Date: Sep 19th, 2006 1:39 AM
give him an incentive to take the medicine. Praise him when he does. try finding him a book about ADHD to help him understand from a child's point of view what his disorder really is. By incentive I mean to do something special bake a cake or cookies go to the park or a movie and popcorn together. Also try planning ahead before he comes to have several small things to do. This will focus his energy and occupy some of his time. He really just wants attention and you should find a positive way to give it to him. It will realy mean alot to the both of you. I know how hard it is to manage a childs behavior with ADHD and I've found that positive reinforcement has the best result. Let him voice his concerns and really explain to you why he doesn't like the med. 

Name: michellefarnham | Date: Sep 23rd, 2006 4:58 AM
we had the same problem with getting our daughter to take her pills at first and we used applesause, just get a spoon with some applesauce and stick the pill in it, they can't feel it and its less scary for them!! Good luck! 

Name: taybry | Date: Oct 12th, 2006 6:11 PM
My 9 year old takes it with applesauce, if he like that just give him a spoonful with it hidden in it. Also I have found that she requires a lot more fluids , as it seems to cause dry mouth. 

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