Should I give my child medication for ADD/ADHD?

Hi, I am new here! I was hoping I could get a little feedback into how most moms felt about the method of treatment for ADHD. Are you for or against taking medicines? If your child is taking medicine, what has been working for them?

Thanks and looking forward to your feedback!


Asked by cmegrichard at 5:37 PM on Sep. 23, 2008 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • I believe it really depends on how severe the child is. I taught 1st grade for years, and some parents are quick to medicate, while others aren't. I know that each child differs, and there are different methods out there that do not include medication. I've had students on homeopathic medicines, and some who just needed support and/or counseling to learn how to manage their ADHD. If their ADHD effects their quality of life and potential, and other methods do not help, then I can see the use of medication, starting in the smallest doses necessary and going from there.

    Answer by dimplz125 at 6:30 PM on Sep. 23, 2008

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  • I can't answer either way. I can tell you what I do know. My nephew was hard to be around. I love him to death but I could only take a little of him at a time. He is now on medication and doing great. He still plays, he is still full of energy and more atentive. He is a completely different kid. I also have a friend who says her son kept telling her it was loud in his head. He was having a really hard time until they put him on medicine. He is now doing much better. Now another friend has 3 children that are ADHD and she has found that the medicine does not work for her. Her oldest went through 3 different meds and was taking the max dose of each one. She had learned about changing their diet and it works for her. She says that when they get really hyper, she gives them caffiene because it counteracts their ADHD. I have informed my SIL and my friend and they are both looking into the diet.

    Answer by momoftwo152 at 6:52 PM on Sep. 23, 2008

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  • Like many things ADHD is a spectrum. My son has ADD, characterized by lack of focus, attention and frequent tuning out to everything around him. Hyperactivity has not been a feature. This resulted in much difficulty for him academically and socially and as a result, his self esteem has really suffered. Non drug interventions put in place after consultation with doctor, teachers, social worker were not effective. On medication, my son has started to emerge, doing better in school etc. Not that taking medication isn't without it's difficulties but for some it is helpful.
    we need to be careful about making blanket statements and judging those who do choose to use meds.
    we all love our children and want the best for them.

    Answer by cltb66 at 11:06 PM on Sep. 23, 2008

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  • I think it depends on the child and the severity of the case. My friends son has ADHD and he drinks 2 diet Mt Dews a day instead of taking medication. It has done wonders for him. But, for other kids, there may not be such a simple fix. A more drug free approach is a great way to go if possible BUT not all things can be fixed naturally. Try different things out and find what will work best for you and your child.

    Answer by LilLanSloanMom at 12:17 AM on Sep. 24, 2008

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  • I am against them as a first resort, but for them after trying everything else. My kids both have ADHD. I tried diet, supplements, behavior modification, everything I could find for my oldest and in the end had to put him on meds, and it has done him a world of good. My youngest is able to drink half a can of soda and does as good as his brother on his meds. So, I have one medicated and one not. I think parents should research and try other options and save meds for once they have exhausted everything else and nothing worked.

    Answer by tropicalmama at 8:28 AM on Sep. 24, 2008

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  • 100% AGAINST meds. My son is not a candidate for tradition medications for ADHD, and even if he was I do not think I would medicate him. I help my son get through his ADHD with a healthy diet, a ton of patience and guideance, natural caffeine pills. I am always wanting to meet Moms of ADHD children, we need all the support we can get & give. Visit my page, send a friends request.. I love to share what I have learned about ADHD and how to come to terms with it, as well learn from other moms....


    Answer by AndreaRUJuiced at 5:44 PM on Sep. 23, 2008

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    Answer by KelsoBabeyy at 5:47 PM on Sep. 23, 2008

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  • I'm against. My sister was diagnosed ADHD and when she was on the medication, all it did was make her lathargic. That's not the idea at all. I think that too many drs are prescription happy and that would solve the problems. But I really think that unless you want your kid to be a zombie, rethink the whole medication thing.

    Answer by TheDiva320 at 5:49 PM on Sep. 23, 2008

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  • I am not against all meds in all situations.. but I do feel like doctors are awfully fast to throw kids on pills to control behavior. It's criminal to think a kid acting like a hyperactive kid needs to be medicated. I worry that if they are given meds to treat it, they will never learn how to manage themselves and end up with more issues later in life. My brother was on Ritalin in the 60s - because thats what the "fad" was back then, doctors gave it out like candy. It really depends on the situation, and if the parents support it...

    Answer by Serafyna at 5:53 PM on Sep. 23, 2008

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  • im against!! i think to many ppl count on getting some sort of medication for childrens behaviour. gives them a piece of mind, and an excuse as to why theyre children are acting a certain way..i think only in extreme measures, its ok..but even still..i think theres other ways instead of medicating these kids

    Answer by alexis_06 at 7:40 PM on Sep. 23, 2008

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