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is it good for kids with adhd to take a ritalin (methylphenidate) breaks?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Depends: Research has been mixed. In the 80s, standard practice was just school days. In the 90s & 00s, with once-a-day versions, standard moved to daily use. What's nice about stimulants is, they work only on days you take them. If your child shows clear benefit & no se with daily use, great; if appetite and height are of concern & weekends not a problem, skipping or using a lower dose may work well.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
No: Adhd doesn't take breaks, so it's treatment shouldn't either. Would you take breaks from Insulin in your diabetic child? Getting to correct dose of stimulant takes time. Stopping it for periods of time exposes the child to restart side effects. More importantly, the adhd isn't treated & the child could regress, get into trouble, or if older, start using tobacco alcohol or marijuana while off.

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Yes: They can, but not as often as you might think. People can be allergic to tree pollen and sap. In december, christmas pine trees do not release that much pollen, though they can be covered in pollen just from being outdoors for years. Many experts recommend spraying the tree down with water in the yard before bringing it into the house.
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What risks will my child with syncope have riding a bike?

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Looking for long term affects of fetal CMV in children?

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