wanting to speak to mums with kids who have or think they have add

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Nadia - posted on 03/06/2011

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Sometimes i feel my 5 yr old girl has ADHD... but she hasn't been diagnosed. However, my hubby has ADHD and has had it his whole life. he's also been on meds most of his life, which i don't really agree with. My best advice for dealing with a child who has this is ROUTINE! get up at the same time, go to bed at the same time, have a daily routine. it really helps. Also, keep them active. Enroll them in sports. when i met my husband he was playing hockey and had no need for his meds. but since we've had kids he sits at home more and its unbearable some days!!! He is always soooo fidgety! Anyway, sports are great and also drink lots of water and get lots of fresh air. Feed them healthy fresh foods instead of quick processed microwave crap. I notice that when my daughter eats healthier she listens better and can stay focused on a task for longer. Also she doesn't get as frustrated. Anyway, these are just my personal experiences... i hope maybe you find them useful. And it's not easy to live with someone with ADD or ADHD... so don't feel bad if you're frustrated or overwhelmed at times :)

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Eleena - posted on 03/14/2011

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thankyou for all your replys,only just had chance to get on to reply.Anyway i have a boy who was 9 in november.I am very concerned he has add (not adhd) hes not hyperactive,but he has all the symptoms of add (Blurts out answers without waiting to be called on hear the whole question
Has difficulty waiting for his or her turn
Often interrupts others
Intrudes on other people’s conversations or games
Inability to keep powerful emotions in check, resulting in angry outbursts or temper tantrums) and also
(Doesn’t pay attention to details or makes careless mistakes
Has trouble staying focused; is easily distracted
Appears not to listen when spoken to
Has difficulty remembering things and following instructions
Has trouble staying organized, planning ahead, and finishing projects
Frequently loses or misplaces homework, books, toys, or other items)
it may be is age but to me something doesnt seem right,the worst things he has done is 1-stolen his dinner money when he should have handed it in 2-made 2 holes in our living room door,from his temper tantrum.
currently we have a school nurse seeing and talking to him at school,but she says he seems fine.
we also have another nurse come to see us at home,i think she was suprised to see we do have routines,boundries e.t.c. in place.Im just scared of him making the wrong desicions and getting in the wrong crowds e.t.c. when hes older because he is so impulsive and hardly ever thinks before doing something.Anyway the nurse that comes to our house,says she will get us in to see a doctor,to see wether he does have add.does anyone know how they test this? as he isnt hyper,and he can behave when he wants to,i dont know how they can tell if he does have it or not.

Kara - posted on 03/09/2011

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Nadia, Mirian, thank you so much for the replies. He is in daycare, but neither his teachers or the director of the school have suggested he might have ADD. He definitely jumps from one activity to the other...can't stay focused on one thing (unless it's a TV show) for more than 5 minutes. We struggle to make it through a game of Chutes and Ladders or Go Fish.
I guess it's time to talk to his pediatrician about my concerns.

Mirian - posted on 03/09/2011

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Kara, I leave in Maryland and the 504 plan is helping my kids. You should ask the school, but sometimes they did not want to help..... ummm ask the councelor.. but this plan really works. the teachers are having more patience with the boys and they have everthing organized for them.. and at home i try to give them responsibilities in cleaning their room everyday at least their beds..its a process but it actually works with no medication.. go to the school and keep asking..

Nadia - posted on 03/08/2011

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Kara, they would be very fidgety (playing with little things like elastics, pen lids ) unable to focus on a task for very long (they will jump from activity to activity evey 10 min). If he's in preschool/daycare the teacher wil most lkely have noticed something like not being able to sit still during storytime. These are just a few things that i've noticed with my hubby and daughter. google symptoms for add and adhd and they'll be lots lol. try changing his diet... more fresh things and less processed stuff and see if there is a change in his behavior. i'd take him to a doctor as well just to voice your concerns. :)

Kara - posted on 03/08/2011

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Can anyone tell me the symptoms of ADD/ADHD that a 4 almost 5 year might exhibit? I have concerns about my son and wonder if it might be time to see a developmental doc.
Mirian, what is a 504 plan? Do you know if that's nationwide or local to your district?

Mirian - posted on 03/07/2011

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Hi, I have twin boy who they just got diagonsed with add, they are very smart but can not keep focus they are always reading or forgeting things.. I don't want them to be medicated so I take them to therapy and we work on them in keeping them focus. At home with have charts to keep them busy on a rutine so it would help them in school, and in school they have a 504 plan so the teachers are also helping them in staying fucus.

User - posted on 03/06/2011

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My advice is to talk to a doctor/pediatrician about your concerns. Your child should be tested by a Developmental Doctor or a Neurologist to help narrow down what may be going on. My Doctor and I agreed that no medicine would even be spoken about until my son was over age 5. He is now 7 years old and doing good without meds. He has a IEP at school so he gets a little extra help with tough subjects which has helped a lot. The sooner you know what may be wrong with your child, the sooner you can figure out what he needs to be his best! Good luck

Kimberly - posted on 03/05/2011

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Hi Eleena...I have a 5 yr. old daughter with ADHD (add with hyperness)...Theyre different but yet similar in some ways and boy she can be a handful at times lol (esp. since we chose the no med route)

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