Maintaining a summer routine
Summer is here, and that means fun in the sun and a break from school for your child. But summer also means a change in routine, and routine is an important part of your child's ADHD management. The good news is there are things you can do now to help establish a routine for your child over the summer, like create a calendar, set daily goals, and determine check-in times.
Create a sense of structure to the day
Without school and homework to keep your child busy, you may find there is a lot of unstructured time to fill. Having a summer routine in place can create a sense of structure for your child. It can also help make sure your child is getting enough sleep and eating meals regularly during the break.
When you're discussing ADHD management and summer expectations with your family, take the time to establish a daily routine that works for everyone. Consider things like which family members need to get up and out the door first, if there are any tasks or errands that need to be done in the morning, or if your child has a summer job. Make sure to set aside time for your child to take any ADHD medications and/or to track progress in an ADHD log. Include a block of free time for exercise and play. You may also want to set a limit for time in front of the television or computer.
Keep track using a family calendar
A family calendar is an easy way to help your family follow a summer routine. You can include everything from the basics of your family's day, like meals, chores, and bedtime, to your family's scheduled activities, like camp, appointments, and play-dates.
Keep your calendar somewhere that's easy to access, so your child won't have to ask for direction. Your family members can also add their own events and reminders. Having all of your family's information in one place will make it easier to plan a stress-free summer day.
Check in with the kids
One challenge many parents face during the summer is figuring out when and how to check in with their kids. It can be stressful not knowing exactly where your child is when they're not at home. As a parent trying to help manage your child's ADHD, it can be especially important to check in and to remind him/her to take any medication. For younger kids, it may help to set timers on watches and alarm clocks as a reminder. For teens, try texting reminders. It may help to set a regular check-in time so your child knows to expect a call from you at the same time every day.
Help your child set a goal each day
You can help your child manage ADHD and build confidence by setting small, achievable goals together. Make sure the goals are specific, with an established time frame that's not too far in the future, and discuss areas that you both feel could use improvement, like going to bed on time or picking up around the house. If you can agree on goals that your child really wants to achieve, it may help keep him or her motivated. Break down goals into smaller, more manageable steps so they seem less overwhelming for your child. Try keeping a list of goals so your child can check off each accomplishment.
You can help set and track daily goals for your child by using the inTUNE Progress Tracker when you sign up for the inTUNE Support Program™. Share your child's progress with your family and the doctor.
What is INTUNIV?
INTUNIV is a prescription medicine used to treat Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in patients ages 6 to 17. INTUNIV may be used alone or added to an ADHD stimulant medicine. INTUNIV was shown to work in clinical studies lasting up to 8 weeks.
Important Safety Information About INTUNIV (guanfacine)
Patients should not take INTUNIV if they are allergic to guanfacine or other ingredients in INTUNIV, or other medicines containing guanfacine. Tell the doctor about all medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements your child is taking.
INTUNIV may cause serious side effects including low blood pressure, low heart rate, fainting, and sleepiness.
Before starting INTUNIV, tell the doctor if your child has low blood pressure, low heart rate, heart problems, has fainted, has liver or kidney problems, or has any other medical condition. You should also tell the doctor if your child is pregnant, breast-feeding, or plans to become pregnant or breast-feed.
Patients should drink plenty of water and not get overheated while taking INTUNIV.
Patients should not drive or use machinery like lawn mowers or power tools until they know how INTUNIV affects them. INTUNIV can slow thinking and motor skills. While taking INTUNIV, patients should not drink alcohol or take other medicines that can cause sleepiness or dizziness because these symptoms may get worse.
The most common side effects of INTUNIV include sleepiness, tiredness, trouble sleeping, low blood pressure, nausea, stomach pain, and dizziness.
INTUNIV should be swallowed whole without crushing, chewing, or breaking the tablet. INTUNIV should not be taken with a high-fat meal. Do not change the dose or stop INTUNIV without talking with the doctor. The doctor will regularly check your child's blood pressure and heart rate.
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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.