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Are ADHD Meds Making Your Child Shorter?

Do you have a child/student who is being treated for ADD/ADHD?  I have taught a bunch of children who were taking various kinds of meds for the ADD/ADHD and the meds made a world of difference for my students in my classroom.  These meds along with behavior management techniques for the whole family can help these really bright and ambitious future leaders of our world succeed in our schools and life as an adult.

However, there is a caveat to using these meds.  According to a post on Today’s Parent:

“The biggest study of its kind, the Multimodal Treatment Study (MTA) followed more than 500 children with ADHD for almost two decades. A team of researchers from across North America observed that their subjects reported comparable severity in their symptoms as young adults, regardless of whether or not they took ADHD meds as kids.

“But this new study also linked long-term ADHD medication use in childhood with “height suppression” as an adult. Those subjects who took stimulant medications consistently as children were on average 2.36cm shorter as adults than those who took meds from time to time or for a single short-term stint. This finding supports earlier studies into the side effects of ADHD meds, on a larger scale and on a longer time frame.”

Notice the terms “long-term” and “height suppression.”  I think this “height suppression” is close to 1″ by USA standards.  

“…the team makes a case for combining behavioral interventions or psychosocial treatments with stimulant meds. That way, lower doses of meds can be prescribed to treat symptoms.”

Once again, I totally agree and have experienced the incredible success stories again and again when a child is properly treated for ADD/ADHD by knowledgeable doctors and when the parents follow the recommended dosages.

So, if your child/student is a possible candidate for this diagnosis, make sure that you know all of the ramifications of this type of medication.

Here’s their website:

http://www.todaysparent.com/blogs/special-needs-parenting/long-term-benefits-of-adhd-meds-questioned/

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This entry was posted on March 27, 2017 by in ADHD, ADHD/ADD, child development, elementary IEPs and tagged .

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