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What should parents do to lessen the effects of ADHD medications on child growth?

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Until ADHD drugs have been studied for a few more years and researchers can get more insight into what happens to kids when they become full-grown adults, it will be difficult for researchers to know exactly how much of an impact ADHD medications have on children's growth. If your child is taking ADHD medication and is benefiting from the drugs, the improvement in behavior may outweigh any short-term effects on growth. That's something you need to discuss with your pediatrician or psychiatrist.

While your child is taking ADHD medications, the doctor should keep careful track of his or her growth. You might need to adjust your child's diet, adding more energy-dense, nutritious foods and snacks to balance out any weight loss that's occurring. In severe cases, medications that increase the appetite may be used for a short period of time.

From: ADHD Drugs and Growth WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health web site: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Swanson J. , November 2006, August 2007. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Joshi, S. , February 2002. Pediatrics in Review

Biederman J. ; October 2010. Journal of Pediatrics

Faraone, S. , September 2007. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Ptacek, R. , December 2009. Medical Science Monitor

Pliszka, S. , May 2006. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Faraone, S. , September 2008. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Poulton, A. , August 2005. Archives of Disease in Childhood

Graham J. , January 2011. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 7, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health web site: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Swanson J. , November 2006, August 2007. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Joshi, S. , February 2002. Pediatrics in Review

Biederman J. ; October 2010. Journal of Pediatrics

Faraone, S. , September 2007. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Ptacek, R. , December 2009. Medical Science Monitor

Pliszka, S. , May 2006. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Faraone, S. , September 2008. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Poulton, A. , August 2005. Archives of Disease in Childhood

Graham J. , January 2011. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 7, 2019

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