Top 10 Questions about Medications for ADHD Kids...Answered!

Does my kid really need ADHD drug? How do I know the meds are safe? Experts answer everything you need to know about ADHD medications (11 Photos)

ADDitude Magazine on Apr 15, 2013 at 11:01AM

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Top 10 Questions about Medications for ADHD Kids...Answered!

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Will medication stunt my child's growth?

Researchers continue to debate whether stimulants have any long-term effect on a child's height and weight. "There seems to be a subtle effect in the first year or two," says Dr. Wilens. "Children may be about one to three pounds lighter, and one-quarter to one-half inch shorter, than they would have been had they not taken the medication. However, long-term studies show that, even if kids do drop height and weight initially, they tend to rebound to their normal growth patterns about three years out."

Each time a child goes in for a checkup and a new prescription, the doctor should check his height and weight.

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