Follow these tips to manage your child's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) treatment:
- Keep appointments. Until symptoms are stable, your child's doctor may request follow-up appointments every 3 to 4 weeks. After that, follow-up visits are usually every 3 to 6 months.
- Make sure your child takes medication as prescribed. Don't let your child skip doses. And make sure your child's doctor tells you what to do if a dose is missed.
- Tell your doctor about other medications. This includes herbs, vitamins, and over-the-counter remedies your child might take. Your doctor can help you make sure these don't interfere with the ADHD medication.
- Watch for side effects. Ask your child's doctor about any side effects that may happen. Use a chart to help track any side effects. Call the doctor if anything worries you. The medication type or dose may need to be adjusted.
- Ask questions and give feedback. Make sure you understand every part of your child's treatment. Discuss any concerns with the doctor. Return follow-up questionnaires with information about home and school performance. Ask for a second opinion or a referral to a specialist if necessary.
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