Many parents consider having their child take a break from his or her ADHD medication over the summer. Research shows that there are in fact some benefits to summer medication holidays for children who take ADHD medication. For kids who experience medication side effects, such as insomnia, decreased appetite, or slowed physical growth, a summer break can provide relief and chance to catch up in weight gain and growth. Summer medication breaks also give parents an opportunity to observe their child’s ADHD symptoms when his or her medication is not in effect. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends short ADHD medication breaks periodically as a strategy for assessing whether medication or not the medication is still effective and necessary. If the child behaves very similarly on and off ADHD medication, then either the medication isn’t doing its job and adjustments are needed, or the child’s symptoms have improved to the point where medication is no longer needed.
Are you considering a summer ADHD medication holiday for your child? Start by talking with your child’s doctor. Having answers to the following questions will allow you make an informed decision, and will help you create an effective plan for getting the most out of a summer medication break.
Summer ADHD medication holidays can be beneficial for some children with ADHD. By creating a plan and working closely with your child’s doctor the medication break can go as smoothly as possible. You’ll be setting your child up for success so that he or she can enjoy the summer and make the most of his or her time off from school!
Mary Rooney, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco. Dr Rooney is a researcher and clinician specializing in the evaluation and treatment of ADHD and co-occurring behavioral, anxiety, and mood disorders. A strong advocate for those with attention and behavior problems, Dr. Rooney is committed to developing and providing comprehensive, cutting edge treatments tailored to meet the unique needs of each child and adolescent. Dr. Rooney's clinical interventions and research avenues emphasize working closely with parents and teachers to create supportive, structured home and school environments that enable children and adolescents to reach their full potential. In addition, Dr. Rooney serves as a consultant and ADHD expert to Huntington Learning Centers.
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