Need help in getting Metadate down a 5 year old girl?
- 5 Aug 2009 by Ellenwood B
- 7 Oct 2009
- attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd)
I have a 5 yr. old girl who had been diagnoised with ADHD and is on Metadate. She can't swallow a pill so I have to sprinkle it on a food item. If she feels the granule in the food item, she spits it out immediately. She does not like to eat first thing in the morning and is a very picky eater. Any ideas how I can get this down her?
Applesauce will not work. If the food does not have a texture, it will not work. She now knows to look for the med in the food. Any ideas would be appreciated!
could you put it in a smoothie so she could drink it?
I had the same problem when my son was 5 and taking metadate. When he was taking it we could not grind it up since it was extended release. The only thing I could get to work was to have him chew up some sort of bread like substance and tell me just before he was ready to swallow then I would smoosh the pill into it and he would swallow it. This did not work 100 percent of the time and it was a pain. Needless to say, I ended up taking him off of the medication until he was older because at the time I didn't know of any other medication that he could take without having to swallow a pill. He is 9 now and still can't swallow a pill. At this point he takes vyvanse which comes in a capsule. It can be opened and easily dissolved in water, milk or soda. You might want to check with the doctor to see if you can switch, they are both CNS stimulants and it is so much easier to get him to take. Hope this helps.
I don't know anything about Metadate, but my 12yo son has been on Daytrana very successfully for 3 years (age 9). It is a skin patch so it is VERY easy--you apply it to the hip (below the panty line) every morning, alternating sides--nothing to swallow or even to chew/taste! Another benefit to the patch is that you can control when it starts and stops. For example, if you apply it late (i.e., sleeps late on the weekends or you forget it one day, etc.), you can still remove it at whatever time works for you and stop the flow of medication rather than waiting for an oral medication to "wear off" and possibly interfere with sleep. We have loved this form of medication and I think it would be ideal for a 5yo! Good luck.
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