Do your kids have allergies or asma or ADHD.

Joy - posted on 10/15/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Working with my boyfriends son that is 11 yrs old and ADHD on medication can be difficult some days. But not sure if he should be on meds as I dont know that it is helping him control his behavior at school.

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Tammy - posted on 10/15/2009

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Both my boys have been diagnosed with ADHD and my youngest also has seasonal allergies.I'm not sure what your question is here though. I do see that you are not the childs mother and unfortunately, it is out of your hands. It is up to the parents and I'm sure the did not take this lightly about putting him on meds. It is a truly difficult decision for a parent.

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I would talk with his teachers about his performance in school. They should be able to give you some insight in to his behavior in the classroom and whether or not he is distracted and has difficulty concentrating. Whether or not to put a child on medication is a difficult and very personal decision. Everyone is going to have a different opinion but it is all up to the parents to decide. There are also a lot of things to consider when you think the medication isn't working. Maybe a different type of meds would work better or maybe they have him on the wrong dose. Doses often need to change as the child gets older and gains weight. I hope everything works out for him.

Arwen - posted on 10/15/2009

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My daughter has some skin allergies so far, but nothing else as far as I know. I grew up with a brother that has ADHD, and I have ADD. It can get really difficult. My parents said they tried several different medications, but he was still kicked out of 3 schools. He's as bright(honor roll) and polite as can be, but is just SO active. He can't for the life of him stay still.

No foods with red dye really helped him. Have they tried more than one medication with your son? Sometimes the meds might stunt growth, make them angry, listless... then it's time to try something else.

Lisa - posted on 10/15/2009

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that can be tough. I'm sorry. my son doesn't have ADHD but his sperm donor of a dad claims that he does and that my son might have it too. I think the guy is just a drug user and uses that excuse to get meds.

but my son does have allergies. and that IS a total pain--as he is allergic to all nuts and most fruits. Finding foods that don't have soy in them is the hardest part. most made foods sold in stores do. it's always a relief when he goes and visits his dad because then I don't have to worry about a special diet for anyone. or hurting his feelings because we all want to eat strawberries or cherries or oranges or apples or something...I hate eating foods he can't have in front of him. I think I've turned into a closet peanut butter muncher!!

I would def research ADD and ADHD and find out as much as I can if I were you though, so that you have better coping skills. dealing with someone else's child is always hard, and dealing with someone else's child that has a behavior issue requires the patience of a saint. good luck!

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