There have been concerns that a “stimulant” medication, commonly taken by children with ADHD, is connected to stunting a child’s growth. However a new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) found that this medication does not affect children’s final height in adulthood.
For the study, researchers examined 340 children with ADHD who were born between 1976 and 1982. They compared their final height in adulthood with a control group of 680 children who did not have the disorder and found that neither ADHD nor the stimulant treatment was associated with final height in adulthood. In addition, the researchers found no link between a longer period of treatment with stimulants and final adult height.
The researchers concluded: “Our findings suggest that ADHD treatment with stimulant medication is not associated with differences in adult height or significant changes in growth.”