coffee to help child focus
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Oh, one other thing, take your child to a psychologist for a diagnosis, not a psychiatrist. A psychologist cannot medicate, and thus will be more open to treating the issue without medication. He or she may still refer you to a psychiatrist if they feel medication is in order, but at least then you will know they gave it their all before resorting to the referral. A psychiatrist specializes in medicinal treatment for mental disorders, so his or her first choice of action will be drugs.
Valerie - posted on 09/17/2013
I don't want to judge at all. however you should watch the documentary "The Drugging of Our Children". I was a teacher for 8 years, and I do understand the struggle of teaching with hyperactive children and I also think that there is an abuse of the term. Children need to be a lot more active than what the school allows them to do during the days. Children are a lot less active at home also because of all the screens that they are exposed to and the premium that we put on making sure they are the smartest and the best intellectually that often the physical components of the development takes the back seat. And often the busy lives of the parents and the fitting of everyone's schedule create an impossibility.
I personally don't see myself giving coffee to a child, nor pills. I believe diet, exercise and routine are the best remedy.
Why is ADD & ADHD so present these days, we have to ask those question since the previous generations, it wasn't the biggest issue.
Diana - posted on 09/17/2013
I would not give your child coffee that makes nervousness worse and stunts a child's growth but if he is having trouble focusing you could try giving him a cup of chammomile tea before he gos to school in the mornings it works really well at easing someone who is hyperactive
I have ADHD and I have been able to control mine with behavioral therapies and rely very little on medication. I medicated for a few months when J was a toddler, but have been off medication for over 7 years now.
I agree with everything Jodi said. I've found that in my case, exercise helps me focus tremendously--I mean, I cannot even begin to tell you how much more focused, attentive, and productive I am during the day if I just take a short 20 minute run in the morning. If I miss the run, my day is pretty much crap--I can't finish a thought to save my life.
Screen time is another huge drain on my attention. I find that after only a few minutes of watching TV, playing a video game (I don't do like Xbox type things, but I've got angry birds on my phone) or seeing a movie, my mind is difficult to gain control over. Thus, I save those activities for after all of my important tasks are done. They also stimulate the brain and make sleep difficult though, so I just avoid them completely during the week, and watch a couple of shows on Friday or Saturday evening. I know some people who watch TV or play video games every single day, sometimes right after school, and for hours at a time. It baffles me how they can possibly think straight at all, but I guess if they don't have the disorder it is easier.
If your child watches TV, try to limit it to weekends or replace it with music, and make sure he gets lots of exercise during the day to get rid of the jitters. One last thing, it helps me focus if I can doodle during lectures or meetings. It is just enough physical activity to keep my mind from jumping about, but requires no thought so I can focus on the speaker. Talk to your child's teacher to see if s/he will allow him to doodle on a piece of paper during instruction. Just make sure it's not so distracting that he misses the instruction.
Jodi - posted on 09/18/2013
I have also heard that if you give a child with TRUE ADHD (as opposed to a kid with discipline issues) coffee, it does calm them down. However, you certainly shouldn't consider this unless (1) has been PROPERLY diagnosed (as opposed to a teacher telling you he has ADHD or diagnosing him yourself) and (2) you have tried more natural alternatives, such as his diet. From my experience, many of the kids who are fidgety and distracted in class have crap in their lunchboxes.
Valerie, I believe a lot of the reason for the increase is (1) many parents seek the "label" and then use it to excuse their child's behaviour (not all, but they are certainly out there) and (2) from my reading, the age at which we are exposing our children to electronic devices and increased stimulation of that kind, including television, is actually changing the way in which the brain is developing. There have been neurological studies done that indicate there have been neurological brain changes in this generation of children, actual physical change, as a result of the way the connections are stimulated during critical developmental times.
Kelly - posted on 09/17/2013
I don't know how close you are to your school, but I know walking to school helps my son to be able to sit & focus in school. If you're far, maybe a detour to make the walk to the bus stop longer. Exercise is a great natural remedy ;)
Catherine - posted on 09/17/2013
Its ok Michelle...lol. You were obviously concerned....I understand. And yes you are right, I supposed to have him evaluated would be the appropriate avenue to take. And right again to say that I do not have to agree to medications if that is in fact the case. I think I will just continue to work with him and the teacher in a supportive way for a while longer and see if perhaps things settle down.
Michelle - posted on 09/17/2013
I'm sorry if it came across like that but what did you expect the reaction to be from the title?
I personally don't agree with giving caffeine to children but I know that the ADHD medication is a stimulant and it has the opposite effect on them.
Have you had him tested? You don't have to follow through with the medication they suggest but you need to know the diagnosis. It's not wise to use the internet to diagnose medical conditions, even if you intend to use "natural" therapies.
Catherine - posted on 09/17/2013
? Well now that is not very nice! Actually, I was distracted by a rather urgent matter when I first began to make the inquire... and did not finish my post.
My 7 year old is having trouble focusing and staying on task in school. He is in the first grade and his teacher continues to tell me that he just seems so distracted and cant seem to finish his work and/or otherwise continually fidgets in his chair.
I do not want to take him to a doctor who will probably want to medicate him....I DO NOT want my child on those types of medications. I was doing some research online (looking for suggestions or natural supplements) to help with this and ran across more that a few articles about small amounts of caffeine - as in a cup of coffee - has been helpful to children with this problem. I was very surprised and wondered if anyone in Circle of Moms had heard of this, tried this, etc:
I am very frustrated and just looking for support in this area.
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