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Some medications can affect your child or youth’s eating habits. This means your child might feel less hungry or more hungry. With some medications, weight gain is a particular concern. These medications include mood stabilizing medications (e.g. Lithium) and second generation antipsychotics (SGAs) (e.g. Olanzapine, Risperidone, etc.)
NOTE: SGAs are also sometimes known as atypical antipsychotics (AAPs).
It is important to talk to your family doctor or dietitian if you feel your child is not getting the nutrients he or she needs. Also, monitoring by your family doctor is extremely important when your child is on medications. Your doctor should take baseline measurements, such as height and weight, before your child starts the medication. Your child should then be monitored on a regular basis. In addition to medical monitoring by your doctor, as a family you can also observe and note any changes that you find concerning.
Tips for addressing appetite challenges due to medications that some families have found helpful can be found in the Tips from Families section of this module.
More information on medications can be found at:
This toolkit was created for families who have a child or youth with mental health challenges. It was developed by The F.O.R.C.E Society for Kid's Mental Health in partnership with BC Mental Health & Addition Services (BCMHAS) and BC Children's Hospital (BCCH).
We are grateful to the many families who helped and who guided us in the process of creating this toolkit; their knowledge was invaluable. We would also like to extend a special thanks to our advisory committee.
We would like to thank the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) for their generous financial support, which helped make the development of this toolkit possible.