As a developmental pediatrician for over 30 years, invariably the question comes up about medication if the issue is whether their child has ADD or not. Most parents that I see are reluctant to use any type of medication, but they also want to do best by their child. And many of them have had personal experience or heard from friends or other professionals that medication can be extraordinarily helpful. In my personal experience, I have seen many children be helped by stimulant medication. And while parents have legitimate concerns about safety, I can reassure them that if the medicines are monitored correctly, their growth and height and blood pressure are monitored on a regular basis, that we can go ahead and treat these children, not only to receive good results, but also to do it safely. Most importantly, I try to share with parents that medication has been well studied over the last 50-60 years and numerous studies have proven the value of stimulant medication in the treatment of children with ADHD and ADD.