My son will be 11 in just a couple months. He has been taking medication for ADHD since he was almost 7. We've gone through different brands, different doses, pills, patches, and tiny beads poured into applesauce. We finally found one that worked for him. I'd say he's been taking it for over a year and doing very well. I often thought his mood was a little off- he would stay to himself in his room and mumble when speaking. And then he wore a heart monitor for a month to watch for heart palpatations, but he was fine. On Sunday morning I decided to see how he'd do without his meds, so I told him not to take one. Yesterday, he didn't one again and I kept him home from school just to see how his behavior was before trying a day in school. Today, he went to school with no meds for the first time since 1st grade! He is super excited and feels he can do it! I'm happy.
Any moms ever take their kids off these meds before? Anything to watch for specifically?
Answer by kittymeri at 11:33 AM on Feb. 1, 2011
I work at The Orion School in Atlanta and we are a school designed for children with ADHD. Some of our students are on meds and others are not. We find that when a child is not slowly taken off meds there can be some highs and lows. At a young age children's bodies are sensitive to medication changes..... or any changes. Just watch out for highs and lows. I am not for or against meds but some children it really helps them focus.
Answer by CristinaC1014 at 11:36 AM on Feb. 1, 2011
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Answer by AmaliaD at 8:33 PM on Feb. 2, 2011