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Do I have to medicate my son if he is ADHD and has problems focusing in school?

Are there any alternatives treatments besides conventional meds for ADHD that work?

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luvmy2kidsxoxo

Asked by luvmy2kidsxoxo at 10:54 PM on Mar. 13, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • take a look at www.sharethecause.com/hastily   Toxins and heavy metals appear to cause neurological symptoms.. email me and I can give you more info.  jmcansler@gmail.com  I applaud you for looking at alternative to meds.

    jmcan

    Answer by jmcan at 8:26 AM on Mar. 14, 2009

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  • I had a friend who didn't even need it and it made him slower. Medication is a big deal. You might want to try getting him into sports or something of that sort first so that he can burn off some energy..but..then again, maybe he has a deficientcy of some sort that is making him very tired..thyroid? not enough iron? ask your doc to give him a complete physical and then judge for yourself..maybe things just seem too easy for him that he feels bored. Consider every option before you try meds.
    PrimeRib

    Answer by PrimeRib at 4:24 PM on Mar. 14, 2009

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  • In my opinion, kids dont need to be medicated for that. They just need extra help. If you can find a school that is will to do that, then I would personally aviod the meds altogether
    kfootit

    Answer by kfootit at 11:18 AM on Jun. 24, 2010

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  • With my stepson, they did an intervention at school with my hubby, ss's mom and his teacher and counselor. Everyone is taking more of an interest in what he is doing and keeping on him to make sure everything is getting done. He was on the patch (my hubby is the non-custodial parent and did not know about this). He got out of the shower one day with the outline from the patch on his hip and my hubby asked ss's mom about it. Just so happens, that week was his first week on the patch and over the weekend he had every negative symptom that the patch offered: nausea (he was actually throwing up the whole weekend), fast heart rate, stomach aches, etc. My husband insisted he be taken of it immediately and he was. He is doing much better in school now, sitting by the teacher and getting more attention. He is 9. HTH!
    BethieBoo

    Answer by BethieBoo at 11:04 PM on Mar. 13, 2009

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  • My son was diagnosed with ADHD a yr ago. The best advice I got was from an ADHD site right here on cafemom! Saved my life and answered all of my questions from trivial to extreme. Good luck, here is the group:

    http://www.cafemom.com/group/92/?email_id=[Field:%20email_id]
    kimbuktwo

    Answer by kimbuktwo at 11:49 PM on Mar. 13, 2009

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  • There are so many kids out there that are on meds that just don't need to be but there also kids out there that truely need the meds. Educate yourself as much as you can on ADHD and don't be afraid to ask questions. If your kids are having issues in school go to www.wrightslaw.com they have tons of information on the school system and laws in regards to all types of disabilities. They guy who owns the site, Pete Wright was dx with ADHD. Come by my page, I have lots of links as well as I do a group for parents who have children with behavioral issues. http://www.cafemom.com/home/mrsrevjohnson

    mrsrevjohnson

    Answer by mrsrevjohnson at 12:24 AM on Mar. 14, 2009

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  • Be careful with meds. My hubby has add/adhd and they make him violent remember most of them are low doses of speed. Alot of them can also cause serious health issues. I have a friend who when he was younger his parents gave him weed. Some people might suggest it I don't He has become dependent on it now. My suggeation would be diet changes there are sertain changes in routine and diet that can greatly help. Talk to you doc about those or go to a support group counceling can help as well.
    hot-mama86

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 12:31 AM on Mar. 14, 2009

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  • I mean no harm to hot-mama86 but in my experience counseling almost never works! Its got to be behavior modification for the parents.I agree that meds shouldn't be the first option but sometimes its really needed.
    mrsrevjohnson

    Answer by mrsrevjohnson at 1:29 AM on Mar. 14, 2009

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  • I let my doc give my little girl all the shots required..my child did not get any side effects..I saw in the news that children everywhere in the US are getting sick simply because they are not getting the shots they need..Heck..I got all my shots again after I had my kid and nothing happened to me..so..?? ..Flu shots..I would get the flu by getting the shot..lol..but everything else, no prob. Breastfed children are more alert..I didn't just read this, my family is proof..some did and others didn't. The proof is in the boob.
    PrimeRib

    Answer by PrimeRib at 4:33 PM on Mar. 14, 2009

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  • My nephew has trouble focusing and has the wiggles in school. He is a smart kid. They don't know if part of the problem is that the school work isn't challenging enough or if there is something more to the problem. They have him in some after school activity now, which helps. He lives in South Korea and a psycologist over there suggested Xango Mangsteen. I know that it can be found in Cost-Co for about $30.00 a bottle. There are dealers out there. They gave him one or two ounces a day. They noticed that he got better grades and started to focus better on the teacher. I hope this info helps.
    dustbunny

    Answer by dustbunny at 3:34 AM on Mar. 15, 2009

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