During holidays many parents allow their  children to have “medication breaks” when it comes to ADHD medication.  There are numerous websites that encourage it and others that discourage it.    In my personal experience, it always seems harder to get students back on track after a holiday.

So here are some pros and cons to help you make the decision. .

According to WebMd:


  • A medication break can ease side effects of the medication; loss of appetite, trouble sleeping and weight loss.
  • It MAY boost your child’s growth.
  • Gives child a chance to practice how to act without medication.


  • Going without medication (even for a little break) can make your child’s symptoms reappear or get worst
  • It might take a while for the medication to work again.  For example, you take him/her off meds for Thanksgiving.  They go back to school the following Monday, but it takes 2 days for it to really become effective. Meanwhile, your child is missing out on instruction because they are having a difficult time concentrating.

Ultimately, it is your choice. However always consult with your pediatrician on the issue.  Some medications need to be reduced slowly.

Also, school personnel can NEVER tell you that your child needs medication. They are not doctors and many of the concerns for a child without ADHD meds can be alleviated with the correct goals and accommodations in their IEP or 504 plan. 

Contact me if you have questions and have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!


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