When your child takes many medications, keeping track of them can be tricky. Ask your child's primary care provider (PCP) or pharmacist to help you get organized. Here are a few tips from other parents:
  • Try to arrange to have the same refill date for all prescriptions. This reduces phone calls and trips to the pharmacy.

  • Check with your child's health plan about using a mail order pharmacy. If your child takes a prescription medication on a regular basis, you may be able to get more medication at a time and with less hassle.

  • Buy a pill organizer that has space to hold your child's medication for each time of day and each day of the week.

  • Keep track of medications on the Medications form in Chapter 1. To prevent problems with medications, bring this form with you to all medical appointments.

  • Tell all of your child's providers about every medication your child is taking, including:

    • Prescription medications

    • Over-the-counter medications

    • Vitamins

    • Nutritional supplements

    • Herbal remedies

Tips to help your child take medicine

Ask your child's PCP about using different forms and flavors of medications. Ask about:
  • Pills that need to be taken only one time per day

  • "Quick dissolve tablets"

  • Capsules that can be opened and mixed in food

  • Flavored syrups

Tip: Many employers offer Flexible Spending Accounts for medical expenses (including over-the-counter medications). It is a way to set aside pre-tax income for medical expenses. Ask your employer about Flexible Spending Accounts.

Tip: Keep track of your child's medications on the Medications form in Chapter 1.