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Do parents have an obligation to medicate a child that is clearly

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Do parents have an obligation to medicate a child that is clearly ADHD - who had responded positively to the medications before, and then they took the child off because they did not believe in medicating? The child has been pulled in and out of school many times. This particular case is in Las Vegas, NV if that makes any difference. Is this something that is reportable to Child Protective Services?

In general, parents are permitted to handle the medical needs of their children in whatever way they deem appropriate. This would apply to decisions regarding medications.

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Having said that, parental discretion is not without its limits. If someone believes that the child is being abused or neglected, they could certainly contact protective services. In turn, they would investigate the matter and, if they found the allegations to have merit, they could take the parents to court in an attempt to have a judge order the parents to medicate the child.

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