could 5 hour energy be used to help your child with ADHD?
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Ledia - posted on 04/30/2015
No. I understand your confusion--ADHD is often treated with stimulants such as Methylphenida (ritalin) and Adderall, but not all stimulants are the same and some can have a very negative effect on symptoms of ADHD.
Even the Decaf 5 hour energy shots have small amounts of caffeine in them, and caffeine can aggravate ADHD symptoms. Most of the other ingredients in 5 hour energy shots can be acquired through a balanced diet concentrating on fish, other meats, and a variety of fresh vegetables. I have ADHD and while I do use medication to control some of my symptoms, I do notice that my diet has a pretty far reaching effect on my symptoms as well. I do best if I make sure to have a steady intake of proteins all day and limit sugars and carbohydrates. I avoid ALL artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup. If I eat something with aspartame or high fructose corn syrup in it, I can notice a BIG difference within the hour, and sometimes the effect will last for more than a day, even with my medication. I use honey and real sugar when I need it, and get most of my sweets from eating fresh fruits.
Dove - posted on 04/30/2015
Caffeine can actually help a child w/ ADHD (at least according to several moms of kids I know that have used it), but... only for a short period of time. I would NOT give those 5 hour energy drinks to any child under ANY circumstances, but I do know a 16 year old w/ ADHD that will drink a soda before a big test to help her concentrate for the test... it is a very short lived 'benefit' for only rare uses, but is not something I would be using on a young child at all unless you are working VERY closely w/ a doctor on it.
Raye - posted on 04/30/2015
No. It can worsen symptoms.
Anything high in caffeine, sugars, or over processed like fast foods, etc. can be hurtful to any child and cause hyperactivity, distractibility, aggression, and social withdrawal. To kids with ADHD or similar disorders it can make their condition worse. Cutting out sweets and adding foods to their diet such as raw vegi's can help ease some symptoms. If your child needs further help to get under control, speak to a doctor who can prescribe medication (if needed) or provide other coping strategies.
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