Is there any other way to help ADD/ADHD kids besides medication?

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chata926

Asked by chata926 at 3:30 AM on Jan. 8, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • falling behind in grades or socially? or how exactly?
    KelsoBabeyy

    Answer by KelsoBabeyy at 3:30 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • if meds is what he needs to be able to get a quality education, I'd do it. Why have him fall behind when there is a way to help.

    have you tried any non med approaches? such as changing his diet to gluten free? Tried herbal treatments? tried behavioral therapy?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:32 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • i wouldnt do meds either dont feel guilty hun. it can be helped other ways than modern medicine of course.
    KelsoBabeyy

    Answer by KelsoBabeyy at 3:34 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • You will be surprise how much you can help your son by switching his food to organic! It is really amazing!
    here is a good site: http://ezinearticles.com/?A-Guide-to-Diet-For-ADHD&id=1726161

    Here is another idea (if the medicine is REALLY necessary) have you tried to dissolve the medicine on his food or favorite drink? Check with your doctor.
    Paty_hotmommy

    Answer by Paty_hotmommy at 6:00 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • I was "adhd" as a child. My parents also refused to medicate, or accept the diagnosis. I was bored in school (go figure.) He needs an outlet for his engergy. Mom and dad had me play softball for a long while. I got tired of it and tried (and ended up loving scouts) By the time I was 12 you really couldn't tell I'd ever been diagnosed. I had learned how to channel my energy into positive things, including better grades at school. He just needs to learn to do the same.
    katzmeow726

    Answer by katzmeow726 at 7:18 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • Meds aren't ALWAYS the answer. Just keep with his diet, and give him LOTS of exercise, and THEN have him sit down to do homework... in that order and that should help... ?
    I think ADHD is a farce, and is the result of just normal energy levels.
    We adults don't have the energy we used to b/c we don't take care of ourselves, and we wonder why we can't keep up with our kids.... I say FIND THE BEST BALANCE YOU CAN, Mama. :)
    averillholistix

    Answer by averillholistix at 8:12 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • Put him on meds. Seriously. Don't ruin his chance at a bright future.
    I have ADHD. I have difficulty focusing when not on medication, and almost failed 9th grade because of it when I was in school.

    averillholistix, obviously you know EVERYTHING... LOL ADHD is beyond normal energy levels. If you take a normal kid and an ADHD kid side by side, you can tell the difference between THEIR ENERGY LEVELS... I have PLENTY of energy, and I have no problem "keeping up" with any child. There is more to it than that! If a kid can't focus for more than 5 minutes on a task it's a bigger problem than if they're bouncing off the walls with energy!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:34 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • I didnt know my son had ADD till he started crying when he had to read "chapter" books. He couldn't retain the information and move on in the book. I put him on meds at ten. With the medcation and tricks he learned to retain information he was drug free at fifteen. My son is number one in his graduatiing class. There is hope. Give medicine a try. If it doesnt work at least you tried. If it does work you can open a whole new world of education for him. Good Luck!

    CrankyHag

    Answer by CrankyHag at 9:04 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • My husband was diagnosed ADHD as a child. His mother refused to put him on medication. (okay...she felt she was doing what was best..no problem)

    My DH struggled in school, often having to attend summer school to make up classes in which he struggled. His teachers didn't offer any extra help and unless he had a "good" teacher, he basically failed the class.

    His mom did what she could to keep his mind occupied...she threw video games and computers at him. (yeah..that helped *rolling eyes*) he had to learn on his own how to control his impulses. He had to learn on his own how NOT to react when the other kids teased him (he was constantly in fights).

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:41 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • Our son is showing "red flags" now. My husband pulled the "med free was good enough for me it's good enough for him" card. I reminded him how much he complains that he doesn't feel his mom did enough to help him, and asked if he really wanted our son to suffer and struggle like he did.

    ADHD is NOT a farce, and it cannot always be helped in other ways.. If you think so, then I invite you to come live with it for a few days.

    Meds will be the last choice for us, but we are not writing them off. Some kids do okay without them, some just need that little extra help. It's not the end of the world.

    And the diet....sometimes it helps and sometimes it doesn't. It's not a "cureall"...it does NOT help every kid.


    Damn character limit.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:41 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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