3 Easy Ways to Track Medication


Easy ways to track medication for kids and adults.

Tracking your medication
Method 1: Dry Erase Mirror Approach

G is on Zantac for reflux and we've been having a difficult time knowing if the other parent has given him his dose. Most kids hate the taste of this stuff, but G loves it so he's not a trustworthy person to ask. Haha.

So I decided to go with the "dry erase marker" approach. We have a mirror medicine cabinet to the right of our sinks... Does anyone use this mirror for anything else? We don't.  

It's working pretty well.  Sorry for the crappy picture. It's difficult to take pictures of the mirror. This method is great when giving medication to kids because more than one person may be giving the medication. I still double check if I think my husband may have forgotten to put a mark on the mirror, however.

Note: You can put a check mark or x (if you forgot a dose) to show you gave the medication. Alternatively, you can just erase the AM or PM for that dose which is what we've been doing. You might want to consider which is a better option for your child.

Method 2: iPhone Photo Approach
This method I don't use to track when I take medication, but what I take. Sometimes I need to fill out information at the doctor's office and I want something easy to look at that has my doses. I just took a picture of my medications on my phone and keep it in my pictures unless I need to update it. Make sure that you get the whole label with all the important information, like your prescription number. If I'm out and have a few minutes, it's helpful for if I need to call in a prescription and forgot. That way I can just pop by the pharmacy when I'm done my other errands. Not that moms ever "pop by" with two kids in tow, but you get the general idea. 

Method 3: iPhone Reminders 

I love this feature on my iPhone and use it a LOT. Click on the REMINDERS app, and create a "new list." Title it "Medication Reminders." You can click on one of the blank lines once you create your list, and type in your medication. If I have multiple doses of the same medication, such as an antibiotic, I enter each dose (ie. A.M. and P.M.) separately. Next to that, if you select it, an i with a circle pops up (see photo on right). Click the i to add reminders and time, etc. I enter when I want the alarm to go off, how often I want it to repeat (daily), and when to end the repeat (if any). For amoxicillin or a short term medication, I just try to figure out what day I'm finished the medication and enter that. If you don't want to do the work, you can just wait until the medication is all gone, then delete the reminder (finger swipe the item to get the 'delete' button to show up, then click delete).

I don't use this method for normal medications, but I use it when I'm on an antibiotic so I don't miss doses. It gives me a reminder and I have to click the circle when I've taken it. The reminder will pop up again for my next dose. The only issue is it only reminds you one time for each dose- it's not going to keep buzzing your ear off because you didn't click the circle. The app, however, will show a "1" in a red circle on the main screen to show you've got a reminder that's waiting for you. I find it to be a very helpful tool and I manage to take antibiotics more consistently when using it.


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DIY Danielle: 3 Easy Ways to Track Medication
3 Easy Ways to Track Medication
Easy ways to track medication for kids and adults.
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