Allergy and ENT | How to Help Teens Remember To Take Daily Medication

Allergy and ENT | Parenting teens with allergies can be a challenge. Parents have hovered over allergy kids for so many years that it can be hard to transition into the area of the child is responsible for their own health. Check out these tips on how to help your teen remember to take their daily medication:

Establish a Routine

It can be hard to get into the habit of taking daily medication. Consider helping your teen establish a routine by providing things that will help them remember to take their medication. Purchase a pill box for your teen that will help them divide their medication into daily doses. Other ideas include making sure that your teen takes the medication at the same time every day. Do the like to take their medicine with breakfast or perhaps they want to take it at night before reading in bed?

Make sure that your allergy and ENT doctor hasn’t recommended when to take the medication during the day before allowing your teen to decide when to take it. Open a dialogue with your teen into how they can be responsible for doing so.

Create a Chart

For those younger teens consider making a chart of medication in order to help establish a routine. Make a chart with the days of the week and the medications that need to be taken. Allowing a younger teen to have a chart and become more responsible with their help will create a good routine. Consider making the chart with your teen in order to help them remember to take their medication as well.

Let Them Fail

If your child is having trouble remembering to take their medication to consider allowing them to fail in order to help them understand the overall importance of following their allergy and ENT doctor’s prescription. This will only work for medications that are not life-threatening if they aren’t taken on a regular basis.

If your child struggles with seasonal allergies consider giving them space to figure out how taking their medication will help them feel better on a daily basis. If they complain about their symptoms gently remind them that taking their medication when they are supposed to will help them feel better. Don’t allow a teen that has chosen not to take their medication ruin the day with complaining about symptoms that could have been avoided.

Some tough love may be needed in order to get your teen to become more responsible for their own health. Consider contacting a local allergy and ENT doctor at the National Allergy and Associates office closest to you with questions.