Medications for Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder have been found to be helpful for many children in improving academic and social success that had eluded them when their conditions were undiagnosed and untreated.
Close supervision by a medical professional is required when prescribing any medication for a child, youth or adolescent. Stimulants must be monitored especially carefully and it is now recommended that children have an electrocardiogram before treatment is started in case of symptomless heart conditions that put the child in danger.
While most families are careful in considering whether their children should be given powerful medications to treat the symptoms of ADD and ADHD, many report that the appropriate prescription at the proper dosage has greatly helped their sons and daughters both academically, socially, and within family relationships.
Correctly diagnosing ADD or ADHD, finding the proper treatment and medication, following the child's health and progress closely, changing and maintaining the appropriate dose, and listening to the child during office visits are all the responsibility of the specialist or family doctor parents chose.
Moms have the best interest of their children at heart and are valuable allies in observing and reporting both negative and positive changes in their children's behavior and skills.
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