my child has adhd

@jmusser (178)
United States
January 14, 2007 1:59pm CST
ok so this whole thing on adhd ... whats the deal with it ?? do we have to put our children on medication ?? i want an alt solution ... I dont want to just drug my child up but everyone is against me on this ... my sons teacher takes adderal so i cant fight with her too much and everyone around me just wants him on medicine ... has anyone found a medicine that will work to calm them down with out drugs doctors supply ??? help me plz
2 responses
• United States
14 Jan 07
I would say that if you do not NEED him on medication , stay away from the medication trap. They can not force you to put himon meds. My son has had this battle for YEARS!!!!! and we are still in the throws of the battle. Some helpful advice though...... If he is TRULY ADHD try giving him coffee in the morning. No it won't stunt his growth. Coffee works oppisite for kids of ADHD , instead of giving them energy it slows them down. BUT ONLY IF THEY ARE REALLY ADHD. No sugar in the coffee, creamer is alright in moderation. I use this method with my son and it does work. i have also found that St. Johns Wort also seems to help . another thing, maybe he is just bored in school. When children are bored with the work and not challenged they will act out in a way that mimmicks ADHD. When , in fact , they are just bored. I hope this helps. If I think of anything else i will post.
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• United States
14 Jan 07
I also have to agree with the statement above. Some foods or additives in the foods cause behavior issues in children. Try to steer clear of food or drinks with Dye's in them , such as kool-aid and soda. Also lunchmeats and hotdogs tend to make the problems more severe. Milk does the same thing , however they need thier calcium so if you choose not to give as much milk make sure he is getting a vitamin with calcium in it. I might also suggest trying Goats milk ( usually available at walmart) and / or organic Milk. Organic foods DO WORK for curbing some behavior problems. They just put so many additives in our foods now days.
• United States
16 Jan 07
I would agree with the diet suggestions - whole foods and no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. But, I would not agree with the caffeine suggestion. There is considerable evidence that this is not true and that caffeine is especially bad for ADHD folks.
@badkat83 (1621)
• United States
14 Jan 07
well as a mother with a child who has adhd i can say unless your child is really off the wall, don't do it. my child has been on meds for 9 years. i decided one day to take him off. i have never told anyone i did it, not school, doctor, and i can tell you my son has grown 4 inches and gained 80 lbs. i think it stunted his growth. they say it can do that. i have tried everything. have you ever tried an all natural diet? i have tried that and it didn't work. i have taken my son to a special all natural doctor, that didn't work. he is still hyper not being on meds, but i think as he grows older he is better. i think he will always be crazy. i think i did meds because everyone told me to do it. preschool, school, so my advice to you is think before you do it. if he is very young then try the all natural diet. good luck. i know how you feel.
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• United States
16 Jan 07
it sounds like there is something going on with your child which hasn't been discovered. Have you taken him to an occupational therapist? Perhaps he has something that looks like ADHD but isn't... like sensory integration disorder or bi-polar mood disorder. Lots of times these things can all look like one another... In my experience, my son's growth has not been the slightest bit affected by his Concerta. He just turned 9 and is 5'2", 80 lbs.