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Ask Granny has some answers to your questions about medicating children for ADD.

Family members and professionals dealing with young children know that the number of children on prescription drugs for attention deficit and other behaviours is on the rise. Some see this as a warning that we are using drugs to manage behaviors that could best be treated in other, less invasive ways.

Parents and grandparents of children diagnosed with ADD or placed on the autism spectrum may want to become better informed about the range of treatments available. While many children respond well to the medications, others complain of feeling ill or lethargic while taking them. Others complain of stomach upset that keeps them from eating properly. What is the best answer for each child and how is optimal individual treatment to be determined?