Helping Children Follow Their Medical Treatment Program:
Guidelines for Parents of Children with Rheumatic Diseases
Adapted and published with permission from Michael A. Rapoff, PhD of the University of Kansas Medical Center, author of "Helping Children Follow their Medical Treatment Program: Guidelines for Parents of Children with Rheumatic Diseases"
One major reason why people don’t do what is prescribed is that they simply forget. Therefore, it is important to use cues or reminders to help your child remember to follow their treatment program.
One of the easiest ways to do this is to have your child schedule the treatments (taking medications, doing exercises, etc) at the same time each day and at a time that blends in with normal routines. Talk to your doctor or therapist about scheduling things to be done at times that are convenient for your family. For example, exercises for younger children can be done during the late afternoon while they are watching their favorite TV program.
Another way to remind your child is to use a digital alarm watch, set at times when your child has to take medications or do other things prescribed. These watches are now relatively inexpensive. A chart or calendar can also be used to keep track of what your child is doing on a daily basis.