Medication in the summer?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-05-2007
Medication in the summer?
Wed, 06-17-2009 - 11:22pm

Hi all. Tomorrow is the last day of school here. I was just wondering if any of you take a summer break from medication? I've heard at his summer camp that a lot of the parents weren't medicating last summer. I know what my ds is like on the week-ends if we forget, so there is no way I'd leave him unmedicated for the poor camp counselors. Especially since they go out on field trips! :)

What do you guys do?

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-09-2009
Thu, 06-18-2009 - 7:08am

I don't medicate on weekends or during the summer if we're going to be just hanging around the house but if my DS has some kind of activity that he's going to be involved with then we do give him his pill. But that's just us...


iVillage Member
Registered: 06-10-2007
Thu, 06-18-2009 - 9:17am


we don't medicate during the summer, on weekends or school holidays. DD is Innatentive, and doesn't need it.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-25-2003
Thu, 06-18-2009 - 9:53am

We medicate all summer, and for weekends. There's too much social stuff he learns at summer camp.

Though, if he's close to needing a dose upgrade at the beginning of the summer (last year!), we waited until the school year to actually do it.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-10-2006
Thu, 06-18-2009 - 10:14am

We tried, but Nick has no impulse control and with field trips and his summer school age program, he needs it!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-25-2008
Thu, 06-18-2009 - 2:37pm

No way would we skip the medication. We tried that one weekend to help him gain weight and he was literally bouncing off the walls (running across furniture running from one end of the house to the other). Total nightmare. I think it depends on how extreme the ADHD is and what form as to whether you can take a break from medication. In our son's case, the medication is essential to functioning normally.