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How will I know if my child’s ADHD medication is working?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
With the help of your child's teachers and other important adults in their life, you and the doctor will be able to assess whether your child's ADHD medications have a positive effect. Your child's pediatrician or psychologist may be able to give you behavior checklists to use to monitor your child's progress. Bring these lists to your doctor visits, and discuss your child's progress. Your child's doctor may want to adjust the medication dosage based on these reports.

It is quite likely that ADHD medications can help your child. The National Resource Center for ADHD reports that ADHD stimulant medications work for 70% to 80% of children. However, the medication must be taken regularly, every day, for a child to experience regular, daily benefits.

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