how do i deal with my 8 year old that has adhd and has been on medinice but it is not working.

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Chantal - posted on 01/30/2010

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Hi I have a 8 yr old with Adhd/Odd..I have homeschooled him all his life and we have made great srtides..about 2 yrs ago I had toput him on meds. My husband and I have sepererated now for a year and my son is doing better. I give him Krill oil from dr mercola.com and it helps as well..omega 3. my son developed allergy to concerta and is on streterra..but I 'am researching in all things to get him off meds. Meds for a life time will effect health. Please look up brain balance center.com this was founded by neurologist...I'am so tired of meds is the only answer..I also take my son to therepuetic horseback riding..which helps tremendously..Also a good book on allergies..by Dr M Rapp..this one is a eye opener..I hope you find some solutions for your son..best wishes

Theresa - posted on 01/29/2010

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I agree with the other moms. Meds take time and a lot of adjusting before you find the right one(s). I have two sons with ADHD the first one was on a lot of different meds and different doses before we found the right one. The second son was a little easier because we ahd already found a med that worked for his brother. We started with that one and just worked different doses. Make sure your doc is trying differenet doses before just trying new meds. Plus each med takes a different amount of tim eto build in the body so the body is using it right. Keep close contact with the doc, journal all the issues you're having and when (what time of day as well as how many days into trying a med) and bring that to appts. It makes it so much easier than trying to just remember everything. Good luck.

Laura - posted on 01/28/2010

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My 8 year old daughter has severe ADHD, and we tried several meds before we found the right one. With my experience I've noticed that if you tell the Dr you are not seeing improvement with a med the Dr wants to try a different med instead of adjusting the dose. I have found that Daytrana, which is a transdermal patch, works wonderful. There is no pill swallowing, no need to take another dose in the afternoon and best off all the side effects are very mild. All you do is apply the patch 2 hours before it's needed and it lasts for a max of nine hours or 15 minutes after it's removed ( if you child doesn't need it the full nine hours). Diet change, as mentioned on another reply, does help especially vitamins and avoiding dyes and sugars. ADHD should absolutely be treated. My fiance was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 6 or 7 and was never treated for it; he is now 30. He recently brought that to the attention to our Dr. and I thought our Dr was going to have HEART FAILURE!! He explained that ADD/ADHD diagnosed as a child and left untreated has a greater risk of following into adulthood. Adult ADD/ADHD presents differently ( depression, anxiety, memory loss). Also left untreated the part of the brain with the deficientcy (sp?) goes stagnant (for lack of a better term) and your risk of Parkinsons, Alzheimers and severe memory loss increases dramatically. I know it is very frustrating and time consuming finding the med that works for your child, but it is worth it! Remember, it's going to improve your childs quality of life and as a mom you know how important that is. Talk with your Dr and give Daytrana a try. It was recommended to me and I have recommended it to 3 people and their kids love it and it works wonders! Good Luck and don't give up!

Kim - posted on 01/28/2010

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My son is 13 and has been on med since he was 5. It will take a little for the meds to work and you may have to try many different ones before finding the correct one. I have had to change many time and recently have gotten really fustrated with all the side effects and started to a lot of research. I found that you can control a lot with their diets. I have switch to rice dream milk, no refined sugars or processed foods. I use only whole grain bread and pasta. Don't give them anything with red or blue dyes! I give him supplements of multi vitamin, B1 and B12 made from whole foods, and flaxseed oil. I have been doing this for about a month and have been amazed at the difference already! I'm very sad that I never knew this info before. I also found a book on amazon called Dr. Bob's guide on how to stop ADHD in 18 days. It will explain all this in further detail. My son is still on his meds, but a smaller dose already!

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