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Predicament: When to Medicate?

by Editorial Team | February 11th, 2013 | Parenting Predicament

red n blue pillsMy child’s school has suggested medication for behavior problems, but I’m not sure. I know it’s common to medicate children for this but I also hear it’s often done when it’s not necessary. How do we know it is necessary?

  1. Michele says:

    From my prior experience as an elementary teacher, there should be a checklist that your pediatrician will supply. This form needs to be completed, separately, by teachers, parents, and sometimes coaches.

    This will show the pediatrician what issues there are and where and when they’re occurring.

    Of course, medication doesn’t have to be the only answer. There are other ways of treating behavior problems, such as counseling and behavior mod programs.

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