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Stimulants and Growth

Hi have anybody know or experience any issue with Dexedrine and growth with your kids my son is really short as it is he is seven and only 3feet he go put under these med for ADHD I have not stared yet but I am really concernd about his growth also and know under these med. Please any info thanks a lot

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Before meds, what does his doctor say about his size? Has he been growing as expected? Has his pediatrician expressed concerns about him? Is he on a consistent growth curve?

Posted by adhdmom2000 on Oct 29, 2013 at 10:43pm

Hi
He is in the 9% on the chart he grows one or two inch a year but he gain 10 lb year cause he is really anxious and even if I control the food when school starts I see him gain weight so in the weight he is on the 83% and that is a lot the doctor said that as soon he is growing is ok cause I am short but he is going to be short but with the med I am scare for him to stay shorter that what is suppost to be I just change pediatric for that reason I want to see if he can be seen by a the endo….. thanks

Posted by tania06 on Oct 29, 2013 at 11:41pm

My son does have a growth issue, however treatment for ADHD didn’t make a difference. It typically makes the appetite decrease. If a child isn’t getting enough calories, it can effect their growth.
If you’re concerned, get him evaluated by an endo. For my son, he was above average for growth and then he just stopped. This was before ADHD treatment.

Posted by adhdmom2000 on Oct 30, 2013 at 12:06am

My son has been taking stimulants for ADHD for 5 years now. He has grown in height exponentially during that time. I have to buy him new pants every 3-6 months because he is growing so fast (he’s 11 now). I saw a study a while back that found that if growth was stunted at all, the average was just 1/2 an inch. I’m willing for my son to be half an inch shorter if it means a happier, more successful life. My son’s ADHD doc weighs and measures him at every appointment to watch his growth carefully. Talk to your son’s doctor about your concerns.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Oct 31, 2013 at 4:48pm

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