Dear Dr Betty, why do some kids need ADHD medication?
Non-medication strategies are always tried first, including modification of the classroom environment, additional learning support, strategies to help with organisation and behaviour management strategies.
Medications aim for efficient function in day to day tasks, mainly at school. Stimulants are the most commonly used medication and your paediatrician may start at a low dose, and titrate it to get the most beneficial effect. There are non-stimulant medications also available.
In children who are having significant difficulties in day to day life even after implementing behaviour management strategies, medication is
a useful, safe and effective tool.
Call us at Townsville Paediatrics for an appointment on (07) 4427 5817