When one of your kids has ADHD, it can be a challenge to make sure your other kids are OK, too.
"It's so important for parents to show all of their children -- both the child with ADHD and the kids without -- that they are equally loved,” says Terry Dickson, MD, director of the Behavioral Medicine Clinic of NW Michigan and an ADHD coach. While it can take work, balance is possible.
Here are some tips from Dickson and Mark Wolraich, MD, a pediatrics professor at the University of Oklahoma Health...
If that doesn't work well, the doctor might have your child keep taking the stimulant along with another type of medicine at the same time. This is called “adjunctive therapy.”
Treatment With Medication
The doctor will probably start your child on a small dose (or amount) of ADHD medicine. He’ll raise the dose slowly until it starts helping. The goal is to improve your child's symptoms and cause the fewest side effects.
Changes in heart rate and other heart problems also have been reported with some of these medicines. Your doctor should check your child’s blood pressure and heart rate routinely to watch for these effects.
Researchers still need to learn more about the safety and effectiveness of combining stimulants with other types of medications to treat ADHD. They are studying these different combos in clinical trials.
If your child has side effects, tell your pediatrician or psychiatrist immediately. The doctor may suggest stopping the medication or changing the dose.