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How should my parenting change if my child takes a break from ADHD medication?

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You'll need to be extra attentive. Medication helps kids with ADHD pay attention during tough tasks like driving. It may even lower the chances that your child will do risky things, like smoke and drink. You should be prepared to watch your child more than usual during a medication break.

SOURCES:

Chorniy, A. , July 2016. Labour Economics

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and

American Psychiatric Association: “ADHD: Parents Medication Guide.”

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: “ADHD: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Stephanie Sarkis, PhD, adjunct assistant professor, Florida Atlantic University; sub-investigator, Clinical Research Studies, Florida Atlantic University Schmidt College of Medicine, Boca Raton, FL.

Naomi Steiner, MD, developmental and behavioral pediatrician, Boston Medical Center.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

Chorniy, A. , July 2016. Labour Economics

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and

American Psychiatric Association: “ADHD: Parents Medication Guide.”

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: “ADHD: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Stephanie Sarkis, PhD, adjunct assistant professor, Florida Atlantic University; sub-investigator, Clinical Research Studies, Florida Atlantic University Schmidt College of Medicine, Boca Raton, FL.

Naomi Steiner, MD, developmental and behavioral pediatrician, Boston Medical Center.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

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