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Can medication help my child manage their attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

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The right medicine can help kids with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) focus so they can finish homework and other tasks. It also can help them fidget less and have better social skills.

That said, ADHD drugs also have side effects that can be hard on kids -- and their parents.

It can take some trial and error to find the right drug and the right dose for your child. Even when you find the right combination, there may still be some side effects.

SOURCES:

The Child Mind Institute: “Side Effects of ADHD Medication.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

KidsHealth.org: “Getting Help for Sleep Woes.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 3, 2019

SOURCES:

The Child Mind Institute: “Side Effects of ADHD Medication.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

KidsHealth.org: “Getting Help for Sleep Woes.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 3, 2019

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