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Date Posted: Wed, Jun 05 2002, 13:12:49
Author: Andy
Subject: Re: advice needed
In reply to: beth 's message, "advice needed" on Tue, Jun 04 2002, 22:18:00

hi Beth

This is feared by many that this type of medication could lead to anorexia or cause difficulties with normal growth! So I think it's quite reasonable for a consultant to be cautious in this area. Perhaps try a different medication maybe looking at other ways to control difficulties. I know this sounds like hard work however Ritalin will not provide a guaranteed treatment that works for everyone without some people experiencing side effects! I assume all procedures to try and get child to eat has been used! Particularly insuring food is given before taking medication. I had this difficulty with Chris who has always been under weight from birth. I would give Chris is meals before medication and this was also part of a points chart if he completed eating his meal in a reasonable time he would gain points. I know this is hard work however it seemed to pay off and now Chris eats tons of food and is gaining height quickly and I don't need to bother so much about when he eats in relationship to taking Ritalin. Points are exchanged for something that child really wants or likes.

Don't know if this helps very much however I can ask around to see if anyone else has any ideas if you like? Let me know?

Take care, Andy

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