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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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Here are some things you can try to help them get the nutrients they need:

  • Give your child healthy breakfasts and dinners. When kids aren’t hungry at lunch, they may skip it. That makes morning and evening meals extra important.
  • Try a shorter-acting drug.
  • 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 03, 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 03, 2019

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