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What should I do if my child's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication is making them less hungry?

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  • Children need a healthy, balanced diet to grow and develop the way they should. When ADHD drugs make them less hungry, they may not get enough calories, vitamins, and other nutrients. Here are some things you can try: Give her healthy breakfasts and dinners. When children aren’t hungry at lunch, they may skip it. That makes morning and evening meals extra important.
  • Try a shorter-acting drug. Long-acting drugs, sometimes called extended release medications, can last all day. Shorter-acting drugs can wear off in 3 to 4 hours -- just in time for meals.
  • Take a mini-break from medication. Ask your doctor if your child can skip medication for short periods of time, like on weekends or before special-occasion meals.

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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