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Meds: Expect Resistance

Don’t be surprised if your middle-schooler is resistant to taking his meds. Here’s your approach.

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Your child should be ready to share responsibility for medication.
You put it out at breakfast; it’s his responsibility to take it. (But remind him if he forgets.)

Respect your child’s concern that meds make him “different.”
Early adolescence is a time when it’s essential to fit in and be accepted. Many teens resist taking meds, especially if they have to visit the school nurse to get a midday dose. Ask your child’s doctor about medications that last through the day.

Updated on April 24, 2017

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