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Calm Your Hyperactive Child by Dr. Sabina Dosani

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Drug holidays

Stimulant drugs like Ritalin don’t have to be taken every day to be beneficial.

In fact, having a weekend or school holiday off medication could be a good idea.

Experts disagree about whether medication for ADHD should be taken on weekends and in the holidays as well as during the school year. I’ve found that this depends on the child. Many children benefit from medication on weekends, others don’t find it necessary. It’s important to keep in mind that these drugs are not a cure for ADHD, but that they do help children focus, attend to what people are saying, be less squirmy and fidgety and less likely to blurt things out. It’s also worth remembering that most stimulant medications used for treating ADHD are short-term medications. ...

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