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Will a break from ADHD medication boost my child's growth?

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It may boost your child's growth. Some ADHD medications can slow a child's growth in height, especially during the first 2 years of taking it. While height delays are temporary and kids typically catch up later, going off medication may lead to fewer growth delays.

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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