Can anyone tell me more about ADHD in children??

Adri - posted on 11/30/2009 ( 58 moms have responded )

2

31

0

I think my son has ADHD. He wil be going to school next year and i know this is going to be a huge problem.

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Amber - posted on 12/03/2009

13

35

2

My son has been diagnosed with ADHD for 3 years now. I really wish they had diagnosed him with this earlier because as soon as they put him on the Adderall there was a difference the first day. He was able to actually concentrate get his work done and his grades went way up. Proud to say he made honor roll last year. I would definetely look up the symptoms online and if you believe your child has some of the symptoms they describe take him to a Dr. because it will affect his behavior in school if he does have it.

Kelly - posted on 12/03/2009

7

40

0

My oldest daughter was diagnosed when she was 5. After Kindergarten.. which was a really bad year for her.. We were against putting her on meds for over a year. I did my research at the library and on the net. We went to therapy for a year and a half 2 times a week. I tried all of those at home tips, a few would work, but only for a short time. My daughter still wasn't able to stay focused at school, she was constantly in trouble and falling behind fast! The teacher had taped a sign on my daughters desk saying stay in your seat, well my child removed the sign and took it with her to rome the classroom. We also tried the wiggle cushion so that she could wiggle in her seat to keep her more busy without disrupting the classroom, but that didn't work either. We trying the money jars, or the sticker calendars for encouragment.. These maybe worked for a week at a time, then she just quit caring about them and wouldn't try anymore. I had to do something else.

Trying to make sure that she wasn't getting the sugary foods or the food coloring (red and yellows are bad for ADHD) got to be to difficult especially with not being by her side every minute of everyday. The Drs. said no pasta, or fried foods. What kid doesn't love spaghetti!! Or french fries. When me second child came along it was even harder to keep certain foods away from the older one. So we eventually tried the meds. To make her life better and easier for her. She was getting depressed and you could tell, she would be crying almost daily because she tried soo hard at school to stay out of trouble but still got bad grades or a check mark or her card pulled.. Making friends was a chore for her. We first tried the ritalin.. Made a big difference, but it wasn't an all day pill. She would get mean to others in between the first pill and the second. Then we went to Concerta.. She was really mean on that one, only stuck with that for a month.. (mind you my child is very petite for her age. so we figured these pills were just too much for her little body). The 3rd pill was Focalin. It is a one time a day, she takes it first thing in the morning and it wears off shortly before bed time (and you can tell when it is no longer with her!) She has been on it for years now and we all love it! The first day she took it, she was soo happy and content with herself. She says "Mom, I just sat through that WHOLE movie without getting up!!" She was soo proud of such a little thing. I was thrilled. She is soo good with her school work and chores. She has many friends. She looks at life in a postitive way now and I couldn't ask for a better pill to make her cope with this.

We tried to take her off of the pills during breaks from school, but this is not recommended for all types of ADHD medications. With the Focalin, you have to do the step down program (from 20mg, to 15, to 10 and so on) She doesn't like to not have her pill. She is 10 now and loves the way it makes her interact with the world. Without it, she is no fun to be around.

At 1 point in my research, I had seen an article about children being misdiagnosed with ADHD. The real problem with many of these children was actaully sleep apnea. I had never known my daughter to have breathing porblems while she slept, but the syptoms were the same as the ADHD. Very hard to get up in the morning, grouchy all the time, would fall asleep at any giving moment during the day, and very uncontrolable attitude. She would just be sitting there and just reach out and pinch someone or punch them for no reason (impulsivity I think they call that). So I had the Drs do a sleep study on her. Come to find out she was sleep diprived. She stopped breathing a few times through out the night, which make her wake up numerous times. My mom used to call her the helicopter because she never stayed in one place in the bed. She was all over the bed! So since she did have the apnea they removed her tonsils and adnoids that was causing abstuction of the airways(I had hoped and prayed that my daughter was misdiagnosed). So after the surgery we took her off of her pills to see if she would be able to focus and behave at school. NOPE! That didn't work, she got sent to the principals office (for the 1st time) that first day back to school. So she did have sleep apnea which made her more sleep deprived, but she is still absolutely ADHD. Her sleeping is soo much better, she stays in her bed with little movement doesn't have her neck stretched all the way back when she sleeps in the car and breathes through her nose when she sleeps now. So the surgery was neccessary, just didn't help the ADHD.. Our family is very thankful for the meds that she takes! To all parents, I say try it all and determine what works best for your child and your family. I wish you the best of luck.. Hope this is helpful.

Veronica - posted on 11/30/2009

1,539

61

94

I wasn't intending on offending anyone with anything. My research has been done, and I know what stands true. The drug company's and FDA have what is called big $$$ -- I can firmly say that a lot of things slip by, and are covered up. So, I personally make it a vested interest to make others aware of this, and the drugs they have out there.
I am not downing health conditions or diseases - I am saying there are alternatives, and in my training, and research and to the best of my knowledge and common sense - our bodies are not lacking or deficient in pills/drugs -- you truly can live a healthier life in many other ways than subjecting your body to something it doesn't need.
That is my peice, im not telling anyone to believe me, or do what i say -- What I am going to say is research, pound the pavement with your questions, and check out ALL your alternatives before you settle on some pill. And I also agree get a few opinions on it, in case of misdiagnosis - and don't go through the schools alone - they are in it for themselves - they get more funding with add adhd children and the drugs that they can pump into students (well - persuade parents to pump in their children) -- but a final statement "ALL IN MY OPINION"

Veronica - posted on 11/30/2009

1,539

61

94

A book I would recommend is: Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, by Dr. Kenneth Boch.



I hate to inform you ladies too - that Ritalin is a dangerous drug. Our bodies are not deficient in a pill - they need vitamins, minerals, detox/antioxidants, a healthy and well balanced diet, and exercise. I've read several cases of children dying from ritalin because it puts holes in the heart muscle - a child was 14 when he had a hear attack from it. I just don't see how anyone can justify drugs/pills - - when all it does is cover up the symptoms - they do not take care of the problem.

Several children simply are deficient in Vit Bs, some have fungus in their system that contribute to allergies, others have toxins in their system from immunizations, free radicals, elemental exposures from our air, water, food, etc., and even from the womb - remember whatever we put in our bodies, goes to the baby too.



I highly stress alternatives for a more healthier approach to any health issues/diseases. When you get the right stuff in your body, and get the bad stuff out - our bodies can heal themselves.

58 Comments

View replies by

Maritza - posted on 03/20/2012

31

16

0

I know what you are going through cause my 9 yr old son is taking Concerta 27mg and he has been on it for a long while and I have not seen any side effects from the medication but he is forgetful does not want to do his homework he will do half of it sometimes, you just need to give the medication time to work.

Maritza - posted on 03/20/2012

31

16

0

You know when your son has ADHD when he cannot sit still in a chair and he cannot concentrate on his work and get distracted a lot, but you need to keep an eye on him at home also to see how he acts there sometimes it is different that in school, there are times that we do not want to put him on medication there are times we have no choice, have a neurologist check him out.

Alice - posted on 04/13/2011

80

29

10

http://www.meierclinics.com/xm_client/cl...

http://www.meierclinics.com/xm_client/cl...

It is never the same for every child. Some have it and you would never know but they have poor organizational skills but don't bounce off the walls. Others can't stop moving if you tied them down. Good nutrition is key! Making sure they are engaged and active is huge!

These links you might find helpful.

http://www.meierclinics.com/xm_client/cl...

Anita - posted on 12/07/2009

17

33

2

I completely 100 percent agree with Veronica Knott...listen to her!

Veronica well put and you are 100 percent right. I never medicated my kids and my oldest is ADHD and he's not medicated.

Tamara - posted on 12/05/2009

1

58

0

go 2 livewireurbanmagazine.com they have a story about adhd with alot of information.

User - posted on 12/05/2009

3

29

0

take him to an educational phycologist who will do a whole lot of tests. they will then give you a report and if they are really good you will wonder if they were a fly on your kitchen wall to know so much. We did this got our son on to the right medication (and have never looked back, He is going to Gr2 next year, we have a very open relationship with his teachers as we feel that this will only work to his benefit at the end of the day.. Its not easy and we still have good days and bad days, what works for one child may not work for another as they are all different. Take it day by day.

Ruth - posted on 12/04/2009

2

24

0

You can join www.ahasa.co.za- very informative- there are also other numerous sites to visit- omega 3- is excellent for children with ADD/ADHD- I don't go with the ritalin theory- makes them depressive...hang in there many boys have it nowdays- its the society we are in..

Bekki - posted on 12/04/2009

186

6

8

Quoting Veronica:

Im not going to argue with anyone - and I am not claiming that the natural way is going to cure or heal anything. What I will say is this - it does help improve quality of life. How do I know this? A young woman who've I've recently became friends with has cerebral palsy and a muscle disorder. For years of her life she had muscle spasms and convulsions, and was bound to a wheel chair. After beginning supplements - antioxidants and aloe juice - she has almost NO spasms anymore, and she can walk with crutches now. Doesn't that say enough in itself? No medications. Just natural products. Nutraceudical grade products, with a patented delivery system - faster and more absorption than even pharmaceudical grade products - which have at the most 30% absorbancy - why do you think docs. can prescribe higher doses? they know you are only getting the max of 30% and that's talking a healthy digestive tract - the products im referring to - over 90% absorbancy - makes a huge difference when you are actually getting the products.

I think there is hope for anything - from the worst of worse - things can always get better - Im a strong believer in that. And I am very opposed to pills - IN MY OPINION - they only cover up the symptoms, cause bad side affects, and do NOT take care of the problem. Maybe these children are appearing to do well - but what about internally - medication can strip the delicate tissue lined in your digestion tract, cause liver, kidney and heart problems. Hence the warning on all medication.

Im not here to convince anyone of anything, disagree with me as you will, Im only stating what Im trained on, worked with and witnessed first hand.

Do what you feel is necessary and feels right to you. I only encourage that you do your homework - research research and research some more. Who cares what i say or even the doctor -- take the diagnosis, and study the h*ll out of it, and check every alternative before settling on what you think is the way you need to go.

Take care all,
V


 



 



Also .. Drugs do not have 30 percent absorbption. And your digestive system does not do the work when it comes to medications.. almost 100 percent of medications are metabolized in the liver and excreted through the kidneys. Only specific medications are toxic to your liver or kidneys. Nsaids (Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs)... Nephrotoxic drugs like streptomycin, or any of the Mycin drugs.. Ototoxic drugs, ect.. Those only damage what they are toxic to. Most drugs do not damage your liver or kidneys or organs at all.. Only specific drugs do.



 



And not all drugs ever touch the oral mucosa at all. There are Sub cutaneous injectable drugs, Intradermal injections, Intramuscular injections, Sublingual (under the tongue.. main one is Nitroglycerin for angina and miocardial infarctions), Intranasal, Intravenous, Topical.. There are many many ways to absorb a medication and most meds are made available in both oral and injection forms.. which can also be used IV.



 



Your research isn't spanning anywhere into the acutal medical industry which  makes your advising others kinda dangerous. All it takes is one person to listen to you and give their child with cancer aloe juice instead of chemo (since you messaged me and said you watched aloe juice cure cancer) for that mother to regret her decision if the child dies.. Not seeking proper medical attention for your child is illegal and neglect punishable by law and jail time.. and the sad reality that will hit if your child suffers due to lack of treatment.

Bekki - posted on 12/04/2009

186

6

8

Victoria up there is on all the boards pushing natural remedies, and oddly enough im assuming the company she works for is selling them..

Oh .. your comment about autism and adhd being caused by chemical imbalances from your digestive system not functioning properly.. Wrong.
Your digestive system does not regulate or affect any of the chemicals that come into pay with autism or adhd.
Your confusing ELECTROLYTES with NEUROTRANSMITTERS. You will never see a neurotransmitter flying through your intestines.. Just electrolytes. Your studying of these disorders is faulty. you must have read "chemical imbalance" and actually thought it meant chemical vitamins and minerals that are absorbed through your entire digestive tract (small and large intestines, colon).
So an FYI is in order. The only chemicals that come into play during ADD, ADHD, Autism are the following : Neurotransmitters : Dopamine, Serotonin, Epinephrine and norepinephrine. They are all chemicals in the BRAIN, now the BOWELS. SSRI's (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) Work well in many psychiatric and mental disorders traced back to misfiring neurotransmitters and chemical shifts on the brain level.

Vitamins in your body .. The ones you are pushing on all these boards have one big problem when it comes to curing diseases and disorders that relate to the brain.. Nearly NO MEDICATIONS can cross the blood brain barrier.. very veeeeeeeery few.. And holistic vitamins and minerals do not apply.. These vitamins you are pushing (while you say the pharmaceutical companies are lying because they want money) Are using synthetic forms of vitamins and minerals. And these companies make money off their outlandish claims just like big drug companies.. When you really think about all you have said in the form of bashing those of us that medicate our children using FDA tested and approved drugs ... You start to see a pattern that you yourself aren't noticing. The companies you talk about are no better than big drug companies.. they also are all about money and are putting NON TESTED NON FDA approved remedies that can actually hurt you.. There is a reason for the davis's drug guide. Because over the counter and herbal therapies can interact with your bodies own mechanisms.. Some herbal therapies can actually cause spontaneous bleeding when taken with grapefruit juice.. There is no difference between the company you work for and the companies that give out medically tested and approved remedies.

Georgie - posted on 12/04/2009

1

4

0

well my son had adhd and he is not on any ''doctor drugs'' i do diet control...try that first ''sue dengate..... the failsafe diet'' my son had been on it for 6years and the school told me that he is ''good'' at school. try cut out 282 (that find in bread) first. i hope that has help!!!

Veronica - posted on 12/03/2009

1,539

61

94

Im not going to argue with anyone - and I am not claiming that the natural way is going to cure or heal anything. What I will say is this - it does help improve quality of life. How do I know this? A young woman who've I've recently became friends with has cerebral palsy and a muscle disorder. For years of her life she had muscle spasms and convulsions, and was bound to a wheel chair. After beginning supplements - antioxidants and aloe juice - she has almost NO spasms anymore, and she can walk with crutches now. Doesn't that say enough in itself? No medications. Just natural products. Nutraceudical grade products, with a patented delivery system - faster and more absorption than even pharmaceudical grade products - which have at the most 30% absorbancy - why do you think docs. can prescribe higher doses? they know you are only getting the max of 30% and that's talking a healthy digestive tract - the products im referring to - over 90% absorbancy - makes a huge difference when you are actually getting the products.



I think there is hope for anything - from the worst of worse - things can always get better - Im a strong believer in that. And I am very opposed to pills - IN MY OPINION - they only cover up the symptoms, cause bad side affects, and do NOT take care of the problem. Maybe these children are appearing to do well - but what about internally - medication can strip the delicate tissue lined in your digestion tract, cause liver, kidney and heart problems. Hence the warning on all medication.



Im not here to convince anyone of anything, disagree with me as you will, Im only stating what Im trained on, worked with and witnessed first hand.



Do what you feel is necessary and feels right to you. I only encourage that you do your homework - research research and research some more. Who cares what i say or even the doctor -- take the diagnosis, and study the h*ll out of it, and check every alternative before settling on what you think is the way you need to go.



Take care all,

V

Jenn - posted on 12/03/2009

0

0

46

Quoting Veronica:

A book I would recommend is: Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, by Dr. Kenneth Boch.

I hate to inform you ladies too - that Ritalin is a dangerous drug. Our bodies are not deficient in a pill - they need vitamins, minerals, detox/antioxidants, a healthy and well balanced diet, and exercise. I've read several cases of children dying from ritalin because it puts holes in the heart muscle - a child was 14 when he had a hear attack from it. I just don't see how anyone can justify drugs/pills - - when all it does is cover up the symptoms - they do not take care of the problem.
Several children simply are deficient in Vit Bs, some have fungus in their system that contribute to allergies, others have toxins in their system from immunizations, free radicals, elemental exposures from our air, water, food, etc., and even from the womb - remember whatever we put in our bodies, goes to the baby too.

I highly stress alternatives for a more healthier approach to any health issues/diseases. When you get the right stuff in your body, and get the bad stuff out - our bodies can heal themselves.


I'm sorry I can not agree with this....not at all my brother is autistic and no amount of vitamins and stuff is going to change that. He was born (along with his twin) months to early an both had siginifanct health problems NOT BECAUSE they did not have enough vitamins an minerals and so on. These things happen!! and where as I do think people should get second opinions and not over medicate with anything.. I simply believe that not useing modern medicine when it is needed and clearly creates positive change is idiotic. Herbs and plants can only do so much..

Lisa - posted on 12/03/2009

2

36

0

Don't act to soon with this. Try to stay positive. I was told my son had it in Pre-school so I tied the meds and they didn't seem to help. I took him off for 2 years and he started taking them again a few months ago. Wow what a difference it does just enough to take the edge off his impulsiveness, ect.... He is 9 now. I don't think they work for young children, speaking form my experience only of course.

Teresa - posted on 12/03/2009

1

20

0

I can tell you from experience that the teacher makes all the difference. My oldest child has ADD, she is not hyper at all. My youngest child is a boy. He does have ADHD. His kindergarden teacher was not good at dealing with him. We did try ritalin, he ended up very depressed and having a seizure that got him an ambulance ride from school to the hospital. His teacher last year referred him to special ed for behavior problems. They said he is a very bright child with a teacher that does not tolerate him. I had a great talk with his first grade teacher at the beginning of this year to explain all we had been through. She is the greatest woman! She treats him fairly and works with him to accomadate his little movements. We also have him working with the school social worker. She works on the impulsivity that many of these kids have. She talks to him about better ways to handle his impulses. Best of luck!

Kelly - posted on 12/03/2009

7

40

0

Quoting LaDonna:

Not to scare you with what Samantha said. But my son has ADHD he was diagnosed when he was 5 years old. He has been on many different medications to help with it. I found that Ritalin was not the right one for him at the age of 8 he wished he was not in the world. It made me very scared so I took him to the doctor the same day. They changed him to Focalin, he is doing better now.



We had the same thing with the Ritalin.. She hated everything in the world. Wished she was never born as I recall her saying!  Went to the Dr and got the Focalin.. My daughter was such a happy camper . Love it! She is 10 now and has been on the Focalin for aobut 3-4 years now.

Kelly - posted on 12/03/2009

7

40

0

Quoting Bekki:



Quoting Stacy :

Ritalin is in the same drug category as Cocaine controlled 2 substance!! How is this medicine helpful for children with ADHD??





 






 






Omg.. CAFFEINE is in the same catagory as COCAINE as well.. It is a stimulant big whoop so is chocolate and laxatives..






 






Controlled 2 substance means bupkus. Do you know what that means?? IT means it is a drug that is sold on the streets!!  THATS ALL.. It does not mean those of us that give our child ritalin are giving them anything that remotely resembles Cocaine..






 






I find comments like this offensive.. Some people seem to think those of us that have children with these meds just shove em down their throat without knowing what they are for .. I've taken 2 years of pharmacology to know what drugs do what..





I have to agree with Bekki on this one.. My daughter takes Focalin for her ADHD.. Which is classified as a narcotic. But it is safe when done under Drs supervision. Makes a big difference. I was absolutely against these meds when we first started this prossess. But it's either give them these drugs with Drs precriptions or wait until the child is soo depressed from not getting the help and they go on the street and get the illegal drugs that can and will kill them... I took the Drs route..  and it is wonderful! =)

Kelly - posted on 12/03/2009

7

40

0

Quoting Stacy :

I have a nine year old son with ADHD, he's already been taking to the phsician and been diagnosed. The physician put him on Concerta 27mg tabs, starting him out on a low dose. He's been taking the meds. for almost a month now, not seeing any changes with him yet. How long does the medication take til I notice a differance? Or should I change medication or up the dose? He definitely has ADHD signs, forgetfulness, easily distracted, wants nothing to do with school or homework. Also, he has a hard time falling asleep at night, if anyone has any advice or any tips for me please help.



Stacy, not all the meds work the same with every child. It depends on their weight. It may be as simple as uping the dose, but if he doesn't weigh enough that will just make him "zombie like" as they call it. My daughter is 10 and was diagnosed at age 5. We found success with our 3rd attempt at the meds. They say it is very common for ADHD children to have problem going to sleep. The child just can't get the brain to shut off long enough to get to sleep.. I had been told to give my daughter Benadryl to help her go to sleep, but I didn't agree with it. We had a sleep study done and my daughter had sleep apnea, causing alot of the same symptoms that you mentioned. The Drs removed her tonsils and adnoids. My child is still ADHD, but the sleeping is way better with the abstuction of the airways gone. She was hard to get to sleep and even harder to get up in the mornings! Now, I tell her it's time for bed and she goes with no problems, she still doesn't want to get up EVERY morning, but she isn't a bear when she does get up! Much better =) I hope this helps you a little. Keep trying your child is worth the effort..

Anita - posted on 12/03/2009

17

33

2

Have a doctor diagnose him and you can have him medicated or change his diet. I'd find a doctor that doesn't medicate but has alternative ways of dealing with ADHD. Lots of foods have red dye in them and this is said to cause problems there are also many other drinks and foods that cause problems the doctor should be able to give you a list.
My son was diagnosed ADHD and instead of medicine I have changed his diet and he goes to counsling sessions to help him deal with his impluses and his anger and to teach him to learn to control these issues. Good luck.

Bekki - posted on 12/02/2009

186

6

8

Quoting Stacy :

Ritalin is in the same drug category as Cocaine controlled 2 substance!! How is this medicine helpful for children with ADHD??


 



 



Omg.. CAFFEINE is in the same catagory as COCAINE as well.. It is a stimulant big whoop so is chocolate and laxatives..



 



Controlled 2 substance means bupkus. Do you know what that means?? IT means it is a drug that is sold on the streets!!  THATS ALL.. It does not mean those of us that give our child ritalin are giving them anything that remotely resembles Cocaine..



 



I find comments like this offensive.. Some people seem to think those of us that have children with these meds just shove em down their throat without knowing what they are for .. I've taken 2 years of pharmacology to know what drugs do what..

Bekki - posted on 12/02/2009

186

6

8

Quoting Veronica:

A book I would recommend is: Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, by Dr. Kenneth Boch.

I hate to inform you ladies too - that Ritalin is a dangerous drug. Our bodies are not deficient in a pill - they need vitamins, minerals, detox/antioxidants, a healthy and well balanced diet, and exercise. I've read several cases of children dying from ritalin because it puts holes in the heart muscle - a child was 14 when he had a hear attack from it. I just don't see how anyone can justify drugs/pills - - when all it does is cover up the symptoms - they do not take care of the problem.
Several children simply are deficient in Vit Bs, some have fungus in their system that contribute to allergies, others have toxins in their system from immunizations, free radicals, elemental exposures from our air, water, food, etc., and even from the womb - remember whatever we put in our bodies, goes to the baby too.

I highly stress alternatives for a more healthier approach to any health issues/diseases. When you get the right stuff in your body, and get the bad stuff out - our bodies can heal themselves.


 



 



You need to do valid research, not some mumbo jumbo book from some spearhead campaign to the top..



 



Autism and ADHD are MEDICAL DISORDERS.. MENTAL DISORDERS.. and are listed in the DSM (Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders.. in other words.. the bible to us Psych majors)..



Proper diet will do you no good.. Eating a salad over a cheeseburger isnt going to correct neurotransmitter misfired.. People that give that kind of advice without knowing what they are talking about are dangerous.. Do you realize children with these disorders can actually get better? With proper treatment..

Andrea - posted on 12/02/2009

3

26

0

I encourage anyone with a child that has been diagnosed ADHD or thinks that there child is to read a book called 'Indigo Children' and its sister book 'Nutrition of Indigo Children' - even if you have strict religious views - skip over any believes that you might oppose and read the parts regarding the treatment, IQ and nutrition for these children..
Both my girls were diagnosed with ADHD - I have never medicated them, and they are overachievers in academics, sports, fine arts - one is a great singer and has won many contest, the other plays the violin...
This book teaches parents how to parent these wonderful unique children so that there is peace and that these precious kids achieve everything they can dream up.
FYI - it has been proven that ADHD children have on average a higher IQ than a child without. On average 30 to 50 points higher. -

Rabia - posted on 12/02/2009

10

13

0

hi,my son is 10 months old,he was diagnosed as having biliary artesia at the age of 1 n half month n got operated ,thru kasai procedure within 2 months of age.frm then onwards his recovery is gud,doctors r happy,hes gaining weight able 2 digest non veg too,hes passing yello brownish stools which is normal that means his bile flow is gud ,basically am concerned abt his nutrition,any mothers in same situation reply abt the nutrition.

Angela - posted on 12/02/2009

2

16

0

Huige-yes, challenging -yes. I am the mom of a 22 year old with ADHD. He is doing great these days. School was a challenge. First you need a diagnosis. Check with your Pediatrician. They can point you in the right direction. Then it is up to you to advocate for your child. With a diagnosis you can get an IEP (Individual Education Plan) set up with his school. This means his teachers have to follow certain guidelines for his education. It may mean repeating instructions, returning papers to complete overlooked questions or math problems. It depends on the issues your child has. CHADD is a support group that has great information. See if you have a local chapter and join. There are resources but you have to find them. Hope this helps.

Stacy - posted on 12/02/2009

2

7

0

Ritalin is in the same drug category as Cocaine controlled 2 substance!! How is this medicine helpful for children with ADHD??

Stacy - posted on 12/02/2009

2

7

0

I have a nine year old son with ADHD, he's already been taking to the phsician and been diagnosed. The physician put him on Concerta 27mg tabs, starting him out on a low dose. He's been taking the meds. for almost a month now, not seeing any changes with him yet. How long does the medication take til I notice a differance? Or should I change medication or up the dose? He definitely has ADHD signs, forgetfulness, easily distracted, wants nothing to do with school or homework. Also, he has a hard time falling asleep at night, if anyone has any advice or any tips for me please help.

Megan - posted on 12/02/2009

2

31

0

I have 4 children (all go to school). Your family Dr. will do an initial assessment and then refer you to the pediatrician to get a diagnosis. There are accomidations that the school can make and techniques that you can try on your own. Do research (lots)! My boys are on both on Adderal XR because I did not want them on Ritalin or anything Ritalin derived. I wish you luck and remember that it is not a problem just a different way of looking at the world. Children and Adults with ADD or ADHD can be/do very well in school and work. Diet will help too (not the calorie counting kind).
Here is one link for more info. but there is so much more out there! http://www.caddac.ca/cms/page.php?2

LaDonna - posted on 12/01/2009

2

27

0

Not to scare you with what Samantha said. But my son has ADHD he was diagnosed when he was 5 years old. He has been on many different medications to help with it. I found that Ritalin was not the right one for him at the age of 8 he wished he was not in the world. It made me very scared so I took him to the doctor the same day. They changed him to Focalin, he is doing better now.

Irish - posted on 12/01/2009

3

15

0

I was very interested in alot of the responses you have received. My 12 year old has ADD, and my 5 year old, although not officially diagnosed, spikes high on all indicators except one. If you are concerned with stimulant drugs, there is a non stimulant option you could ask about if your doctors decide medication is the best option. My son is on Strattera, and I only have him take it during the school year. After all, who needs to concentrate to enjoy summer break??!! He cannot take the stimulants due to his CP and weight issues, but the Strattera has helped immensely. My strongest advice: consult your doctor and be an active participant in treatment options. For Hunter, he was on it the year before last, but last year didn't need it (his teachers teaching style and lack of desire to give homework allowed him to get thru without it) but he definately needed it this year. Just trust your insticts~ after all, mom always knows best!!!

Michelle - posted on 12/01/2009

1

8

0

Quoting Adri:

Can anyone tell me more about ADHD in children??

I think my son has ADHD. He wil be going to school next year and i know this is going to be a huge problem.


 

Dawn - posted on 12/01/2009

5

7

1

Hi! Be sure to take your son to the family doctor and tell him your concerns. He will be able to diagnose him and evaluate him if he needs meds. There is also a lot of support groups out there for ADHD. If you don't like the idea of medications the doctor should be able to help connect with other resources. Good luck!! I've been there!

Brandi - posted on 12/01/2009

34

8

1

I totally agree with this! My son is on Focalin XR and the change in him was instataneuos as well. As parents we need to do what is best for our children, I felt bad becasue he was going through all this but after the medication he was a different kid, he now is focused and has a much healthier self-esteem, his early teachers just punished him, which is not what he needed!

Brandi - posted on 12/01/2009

34

8

1

I also did not want ot use meds, but after we had tried everything else, it was a last resort, my son said after he had his medicine that "Things aren't flying around in my head anymore" he was in third grade and this was what cinched the medicine battle within me!

Brandi - posted on 12/01/2009

34

8

1

My son is 11 and has ADHD, he was diagnosed in third grade, but I knew before that, just could not get his teachers to listen to me, they just said he needed more discipline! Finally a wonderful teacher listened to me and we got his diagnosis. He has been on mediaction for 3 years and he went from F's in conduct to A's. What makes you think your son has ADHD?

Rachel - posted on 12/01/2009

3

18

1

My son is ADHD and I did take him to the docs i am agenst giving our children meds for things like that all i did was cut out most not all junk food and put him in to sports. He is in K and he does loose consertration but the teacher knows to bring him back. Another thing is no video games and i cut out the tv it made him worse. It is hard but at night it is worth being a parent

Rebecca - posted on 12/01/2009

71

11

5

i put my dughter on meds. I hate doing it. I tried the alternative meds. But having ADD myself, well i couldnt keep up with the 5000000 things you have to do naturally. Just know that not getting the proper vitamins/minerals can make it worse. Sugar can make it worse, in any form. Give him food in high protein (i start every morning with a glass of Borden 2% high protein). I am all for natuaral meds. But no matter what your child has to be able to sit still in class, listen and get his homework done on time. ADHD gives them low self esteem, and makes their minds race which can give them depression and anxiety. so no matter how you handle it..get on the ball, my daughter wasnt diagnosed until the middle of last year and that was first grade. I feel so sorry for her and frustarted because we have tried so much and there is a side effect to everything it seems. Just get started now because its not a quick fix. You could be dealing with this for a looonngg time. I'm 31 and have had it my whole life, and my mom thought i just didnt care and was lazy. I wish she would have helped me, cause now everyday is a struggle for me.

Tracy - posted on 11/30/2009

7

10

1

Try to see a behavioral pediatrician, she has helped my son more in the last 2 years then any of the pshcologists he saw. My son was diagnosed when he was 3 1/2 yrs old right before he turned 4. He was put in theropy to help with some of his problems and put on meds (Daytrona patches) and he is now 10 yrs old and in the 4th grade and he is an A-B student. We still have to keep up with him staying focused in class but other then he is doing real well.

Carissa - posted on 11/30/2009

2

10

0

I have 3 children with ADHD and it's a very difficult decision to make on putting your child on medication, but i had to do this and i don't regret it one bit. It was the hardest with my 5 year old son he was born 4 mos early and has epilepsy but we have put him on concerta 18mg and he has done wonderful on this med. If you have any questions just message me, hope this helps carissa

Melissa - posted on 11/30/2009

200

40

30

I am a special ed. teacher and have many students who truly are (and many who were wrongly labeled) add/adhd. I would love to know what you have been told, what you are concerned about, etc. with your child. Feel free to message me to chat!

Michelle - posted on 11/30/2009

1

13

0

I very much appreciate, and agree with, Veronica's posts. Our AD/HD adventure all began with bad report cards and confused teachers who knew our son was capable of much more. The grades began to affect his self-esteem and we ultimately took him in for a complete educational assessment. After a series of 18 tests, it was determined that our son had AD/HD predominately inattentive type. He also has high-average IQ, depression and adjustment disorder. Often parents will also need to deal with the coexisting disorders that accompany AD/HD.



I am a researcher at heart and in practice. I have read exhaustively on AD/HD and it was mystifying to me how few "alternatives" were suggested to medicating your child. In fact, the first question his teacher asked me was when I was going to medicate my son and looked at me like I was crazy when I said I wasn't going to medicate him. I gave myself 6 months to try alternatives such as changing my son's diet and homeopathic supplements to sessions with a child psychologist. I am happy to report these things have all worked for us (without an IEP or 504 plan). If I were to try medication, it would certainly be a non-stimulant form like Strattera over stimulants such as Ritalin... but that is by personal choice and based on what I think is best for my son at this time.



With that said, each case of AD/HD is unique. What is true for my son will not be true for yours. My son is a mild case. Would the same things that worked as a result still work if he were more severe? I don't know. There are some great resources out there:

http://www.chadd.org/

http://life.familyeducation.com/alternat...



Simply do a google search to begin your research and visit your local library. Read, read and read some more and decide what is the best approach for your child.

Gina - posted on 11/30/2009

5

9

0

I agree with you. Our bodies don't need un natural stuff pumped into them. I've worked for a school in the past, now I work with an autistic child. His mom & I are trying to find things that might help him. So I've been doing alot of research and last couple of years. Somethings are helping him.

Gina - posted on 11/30/2009

5

9

0

Early diagnosis is always best. You will need other adults, preferable professionals(teachers, ect) to fill out paperwork for the doctor with their observations. Whatever he may have, figure it out ASAP. Drugs work for some, diet for some, more of your time helping him organize his life may help. Good luck and PS. Don't rely on the schools IEP to help. They are in it for themselves, not the child.

Renee - posted on 11/30/2009

1

7

0

I just want to thank everyone for sharing your experiences. I am dealing with the same issue. My son is 5 and has all the hyperactive behaviors that is putting him in numerous timeouts. I know this isn't the answer. After talking with the school social worker, I looking forward to a classroom managment plan that will help and not penalize him.

Coreena - posted on 11/30/2009

29

52

3

I am all about respecting other peoples ideas and opinions but please before you try and tell someone who is asking for information that a drug is dangerous. Do your research. Ritalin is one of the safest and most tested drugs in Western medicine. It is safer than taking Asprin.

I am a believer in both Eastern and Western medicine and there has to be a balance between the two. I'm really sorry to hear that some of you have had misdiagnoses but I will tell you as an adult who has ADHD that medication does make all of the difference in the world. Medication doesn't "cure" the ADHD and there is no "quick fix" What the meds do is help you focus and concentrate long enough to learn the skills that you need to through educating yourself.

For example we ADD'ers have a very hard time shifting focus it is actually painful at times. The medication has helped me with this and educating myself has taught me little tricks like leaving 15 mins early (because there will definately be at minimum 3 trips back to the house for items we've forgotten)

A positive approach is what you need. ADHD is not a crutch or a stigma to me it is a gift. I think outside of the box and am very creative. If you use the medication as it was intended under the supervision of a physician then it is very safe. My 10 yr old actually told me the other day that he feels bad for people who don't have ADHD because they will never have the race car brain that he does. This is the kind of positive outlook that is needed in a family that is dealing with ADHD.

Veronica - posted on 11/30/2009

1,539

61

94

What are you experiencing with your son??



ADHD, AUTISM, ALLERGIES AND ASTHMA -- are caused from simple things - mainly outside factors. There is part heredity -- but most of it is caused from other elements such as toxins, infection/fungus, poor nutrition (i dont mean a starved child, i mean a child not getting enough essential vitamins and minerals in their diet), and a chemical imbalance due to the digestive tract improperly functioning.



I have several sources for you, diet tips, and supplemental information and products for anyone to browse.



Let me know what you are looking for, what you've tried, and what you've had for results - whether something is helping or not.



Talk soon,

Veronica

Melissa - posted on 11/30/2009

2

20

0

saddly doctors use this excuse way too often, there are several cases where the syptoms are similar so they take the easy way out.... ADHD and here is some pill sto fix it. I strongly suggest to any parent that has a child that is diagnosed with ADHD or ADD to get a second opinion as well as do your own research. My daughter was diagnosed ADHD 8 years ago, I found out this year that she is not ADHD! she has Aspergers, a form of Autism that is high functioning but displays very similar syptoms as ADHD. The problem with getting the wrong diagnoses is that the treatment for each is very different, the wrong treatment will get you very disappointing results.

Coreena - posted on 11/30/2009

29

52

3

I have 10 yr old twins with ADHD and while they say that girls are more of the inattentive type and less of the hyperactive type, I'm here to tell you that that is not always the case. Educating yourself about ADHD is the best thing that you can do for your child and yourself. Dr. Hallowell is amongst the best authors that I've read. He has ADHD himself and also has children ADHD. His new book Superparenting for ADD is a very good read. Turn negative attributes into postitive ones...implulsivity is creativity..etc. I tell my son that he has a racecar brain with bicycle brakes and all his medicine does is strengthen his breaks.

Both my children have very health self images and are doing very well. I credit it less to the medication and more to the positivity. We focus on their strenghts and work on the weeknesses together. Behaviour modeling has also been a very successful approach for us. Best of luck to you.

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms