ADHD...Need help on medications or natural remedies

Melissa - posted on 11/09/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son has ADHD. He is 4 1/2. He was always hyper and impulsive, but since he turned 4 he became aggressive. He makes kids on the bus cry by calling them names and hitting them with seatbelts. Small things like wanting the figurines at school arranged differently might send him on half hour long screaming rages. He has thrown bookbags and even kicked and hit teachers and bus aides. I can deal with the hyperactivity and the impulsivity, but the aggression is much harder to deal with. He has trouble making friends. He is starting to become ostricized from friendly groups. I dont want others to be harmed because of his inability to control his actions.



We are considering putting him on meds. My question is does the neurologist or psychiatrist handle and manage that? Also my son has always been a good sleeper and eater for that matter. He is out cold in 5 minutes. He eats like a machine. I know from teaching, that some meds cause the children to have trouble falling asleep or cause them to have small appetites. I would hate for that to be a problem. Can those of you whose kids are on meds tell me which ones cause insomnia and which ones let you sleep? Also which ones mess with the appetite? A friend of mine whose son has PDD (autism spectrum) and ADHD said she uses a few things from Native Remedies catalog. Has anyone else used them and what were the results? Our neuro dev. ped said there is a difference between naturalistic and homeopathic remedies. One is basically the same as meds and the other is poisons watered down (like arsenic). She said to be careful.



My son is bright eyed and a smart cookie. I dont want that sparkle to go out of him. I hope it doesnt take long to find the right med and the right dosage. I have had a couple of kids in my class become "zombies", but I just think they hadnt found the right coctail yet. HELP!!

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Nicole - posted on 11/10/2009

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* i dont mean to spam this but i did post it on another topic just the same . but just incase you dont get a chance to read the other thread ll post here as well hopefully it will help **

i was diagnosed in the third grade with add and congenital hearing loss. and have been medicated for since...i am not on the medication now but i can tell you i fought my parents taking the pills left and right as a child because i didnt want to be differnt cause i had to leave class in the middle of the day to see the nurse and it was embarrasing to me. so i was made a deal by the doctor if i take it during the school year i could go off it during the summer when school was out of session. non the less my parents dreaded those times the most XD.

i got teased alot and i will say that when i got older to 6th grade i had my meds switched to time release concerta from ritlin which at the time (1999) did not have a time release( ritilin now has a time release form of the origional) but when i got to the 6th grade i saw how much of a difference it really made taking it all the time in stead of hiding my pills. i actually made merit roll and maitained it for the majority of the year. not only that my parents had me in therapy sessions and a tutor till my sophmore yr of highschool....

to this day i can control my add and actually sit still and pay attention ..but i will be honest its harder wiht out the help of the pills. once i go back to school i may go back on my meds. meds are a choice the parent should make but wiht out the extra help from you with out the meds it will be alot harder if you try to self solve. meds will make your part a hell of alot easier with alot less angry arguments because of mis communications to misunderstandings

and ill admit its very hard for me to understand or get along wiht people that have not been taught to control the effects of being ADD/ADHD

compared to my step brother that has it i say leaving an add child alone wiht no much need parental guidence is the worst. even children in day care i noticed the ones with parents that did nothign acted out the worst and some even kicked out.

one parent went as far as to tell me that and i qutoe" My child is ADD i cant help how he acts its a condition that he has so you and the staff will have to deal wiht it." My reply was I Am ADD as well and never in my life have i ever acted like he has when he enters this building had i, i would have been grounded for life and ADD is not an excuse for behavioral problems, temperment issues and or hyperactivity. you need to work wiht your son to change this behavior of his before he can come back to my class room. ( i know that was harsh to say to her but he was getting suspended for a week from our facility due to his actions .and we knew his mother didnt care an ounce about it or how he was treating the other students in the room)

key sign include but not limited to
short attention span
hyperactivity
behavior problems from bordem
behavior problems due to hyper activity
no concentration to do school work
very little weight gain
increased weight gain
being ADD is highly confused wiht being BI polar because they have the same likeness in symptoms. only a peditrition can diagnose or a psychologst. the child will get evaluated every 6 months under 18 and every 3 over 18 because the pills used to medicate ARE narcotics. the state controls exactly how much one person is given. you can not get more then a month supply at one time. because on the street these can be crushed down and snorted or taken in large amounts.
RX pills that are out there include but not limited to
ritilin
concerta time release
aderall
aderall time release

Lastly being that I myself am ADD and my boyfriend ( the father) is ADHD we our getting our child tested at first signs. we both grew up with medications and the care from our parents that is needed to teach over the add to be able to handle it so that we know exactly what we are looking for and hopfully stay one step ahead of our daughter.
i suggest going to a local library and reading as much as you can and talk to your childs doctor about it.

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Melanie - posted on 11/09/2009

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My neighbor has 3 boys all with ADHD. Instead of medication, she first tried not giving them food/candy with Red Dye (Red Dye #40) in it. I'm not sure why it worked, but it did.

Melissa - posted on 11/09/2009

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What med does he take? My son is already in the preschool disabilities class in school with his own personal aide. Right now there are only 6 kids in his class with 4 adults and he still has issues. He also acts out when he wants to escape from an activity.



Quoting Rabecca:

my son was also DX'D at 4 but we did not go to meds until after he started school becauses thats when the real issues started he was always hyper implusive and just full of it but hes my only and I could deal . After school started his agresstion became really bad he was fustrated not only by teachers that didnt understand him but by himself for acting out he would become really embaressed by the way he acted infront of other kids or he would get carried away and not realize the kids were making fun of him until he just got introuble for making a kid cry something like that .
We tried thereapy we do some diet restrictions such as no artifical dyes and and we give him omgea 3 both help alot just not enough the red dyes though is huge for my son you can see a major difference inhis aggression if he has artifical dyes .
We are very pleased witht he results of medication my son is crazy smart but had a real hard time showing that before meds I knew but the school was ready to put him in special ed. he is still fun full of energy but he has that moment wher ehe can stop breathe and think of making a better choice it still takes work they have to learn how to break the behaviors they being doing but makes it eaier for them to do so .
Not all kids need medication but some do and and that for you and you doctor to decide just know ther are meds that will help and some that might not you have to find the right one if its not working try somthing else if it has a side effect thats bad tell you doctor right away we had to find several before we found one and my son has never had any side effect except he never sleeps but then again he never did so not new here some were okay but I knew he could do better and one I though maybe he needed to be blessed by a priest but we are so happy with how hes doing now it all seems worth it any questions I would be glad to help I think I' ve delt with it all my son is almost 9 now and it was rough but hes doing great





 

Rabecca - posted on 11/09/2009

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my son was also DX'D at 4 but we did not go to meds until after he started school becauses thats when the real issues started he was always hyper implusive and just full of it but hes my only and I could deal . After school started his agresstion became really bad he was fustrated not only by teachers that didnt understand him but by himself for acting out he would become really embaressed by the way he acted infront of other kids or he would get carried away and not realize the kids were making fun of him until he just got introuble for making a kid cry something like that .

We tried thereapy we do some diet restrictions such as no artifical dyes and and we give him omgea 3 both help alot just not enough the red dyes though is huge for my son you can see a major difference inhis aggression if he has artifical dyes .

We are very pleased witht he results of medication my son is crazy smart but had a real hard time showing that before meds I knew but the school was ready to put him in special ed. he is still fun full of energy but he has that moment wher ehe can stop breathe and think of making a better choice it still takes work they have to learn how to break the behaviors they being doing but makes it eaier for them to do so .

Not all kids need medication but some do and and that for you and you doctor to decide just know ther are meds that will help and some that might not you have to find the right one if its not working try somthing else if it has a side effect thats bad tell you doctor right away we had to find several before we found one and my son has never had any side effect except he never sleeps but then again he never did so not new here some were okay but I knew he could do better and one I though maybe he needed to be blessed by a priest but we are so happy with how hes doing now it all seems worth it any questions I would be glad to help I think I' ve delt with it all my son is almost 9 now and it was rough but hes doing great

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