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moms of children with adhd...

How old was your child when they were diagnosed? How early did they show signs of ADHD?

I strongly believe my 3 year old has ADHD, we consult with her doctor on Thursday.

If you have any advice on how to manage it please share. Are there any diets, etc that help? Thanks in advance.
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by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 6:55 PM
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MrsWhite101610
by Bronze Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 5:37 PM
Thank you.


Quoting maureen813:

I am a clinical therapist working with children in schools and within a large community mental health center, our psychiatric staff will not diagnose and consult around medication options until the client is five.

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CjEmmemommy
by on Feb. 20, 2013 at 5:40 PM

I have known for sure he wasn't just a normal crazy boy since around 2.5. From about 3 to 5.5 I did all the natural things I could find to help balance him.

 Then after school started he was struggling and I felt I needed to try medication. I took him to a psychologist first and he was seen a few times and diagnosed. Then I took him to the doctor for more and the finally say.

 He has been on medication for a year and he saw a day and night difference. He is on a low dose with no ill side effects luckily.

MrsWhite101610
by Bronze Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 5:48 PM
What did you try that was natural?


Quoting CjEmmemommy:

I have known for sure he wasn't just a normal crazy boy since around 2.5. From about 3 to 5.5 I did all the natural things I could find to help balance him.

 Then after school started he was struggling and I felt I needed to try medication. I took him to a psychologist first and he was seen a few times and diagnosed. Then I took him to the doctor for more and the finally say.

 He has been on medication for a year and he saw a day and night difference. He is on a low dose with no ill side effects luckily.


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CjEmmemommy
by on Feb. 20, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Cutting sugars, processed food and dyes, started  fish oils daily, I got several essential  oils that were recommended for calming, focusing ect. I also took him to a chiropractor, I worked with him on a schedule, behavior therapy ect. 

 There is a lot of information out there and I do feel it helped but at the end of the day it just wasn't enough. I feared he would begin to hate school if he had issues daily and figured worse case the meds don't help, best they do and I know he truly needed them.

Quoting MrsWhite101610:

What did you try that was natural?


Quoting CjEmmemommy:

I have known for sure he wasn't just a normal crazy boy since around 2.5. From about 3 to 5.5 I did all the natural things I could find to help balance him.

 Then after school started he was struggling and I felt I needed to try medication. I took him to a psychologist first and he was seen a few times and diagnosed. Then I took him to the doctor for more and the finally say.

 He has been on medication for a year and he saw a day and night difference. He is on a low dose with no ill side effects luckily.



CjEmmemommy
by on Feb. 20, 2013 at 5:55 PM

My son was dignosed and started on medication before 6. We live south of Denton. 

 Maybe you can look into another doctor.

Quoting thatgirl70:

We suspect our son has ADHD, but here in TX they won't diagnose before age 6, so we'll be doing that this year.


MrsWhite101610
by Bronze Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 6:40 PM
Thank you.


Quoting CjEmmemommy:

Cutting sugars, processed food and dyes, started  fish oils daily, I got several essential  oils that were recommended for calming, focusing ect. I also took him to a chiropractor, I worked with him on a schedule, behavior therapy ect. 

 There is a lot of information out there and I do feel it helped but at the end of the day it just wasn't enough. I feared he would begin to hate school if he had issues daily and figured worse case the meds don't help, best they do and I know he truly needed them.

Quoting MrsWhite101610:

What did you try that was natural?





Quoting CjEmmemommy:

I have known for sure he wasn't just a normal crazy boy since around 2.5. From about 3 to 5.5 I did all the natural things I could find to help balance him.

 Then after school started he was struggling and I felt I needed to try medication. I took him to a psychologist first and he was seen a few times and diagnosed. Then I took him to the doctor for more and the finally say.

 He has been on medication for a year and he saw a day and night difference. He is on a low dose with no ill side effects luckily.





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thatgirl70
by Bronze Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Wouldn't matter, this part of the state it's not done. I only have to wait a couple more months, so it's not that big of a deal.

Quoting CjEmmemommy:

My son was dignosed and started on medication before 6. We live south of Denton. 

 Maybe you can look into another doctor.

Quoting thatgirl70:

We suspect our son has ADHD, but here in TX they won't diagnose before age 6, so we'll be doing that this year.



mommykc
by Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 9:35 PM
My son is 5 years old and he was diagnose back in December. He is on medication and its wonderful. He started showing signs back when he was 3 years old. But I didn't want to believe he had it. But the signs were getting worse. So I had him checked out and his teacher had to fill out her paperwork on him and I had to feel out on mine end.
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lazyd
by Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 11:35 PM

My son was diagnosed and put on meds when he was 3 1/2 for adhd/odd/severe anxiety.  There are "diets" out there that you can try.  Take away all red dyes, candy, sugar.  But caffeine does calm adhd kids down.  My son is currently on vyvanse, intuniv, zoloft & melatonin (at night).  Hope you are going to a "mental" health specialist and not a regular pediatrician?  Regular peds usually wont diagnose - especially in a child so young until they are in school.  We were fortunate enough to have a great mental health clinic in our city - which dealt with young kids.  Than when a child gets to school you have to wait to see how the child acts in school, and if you or the teacher thinks there is still a problem with behaviour or academics than there is a lot of paperwork for everyone to fill out.  My son will be 11 in May and i thought his behaviour would get better as he got older, but that hasnt been the case.  I think he has puberty going so his behaviour has actually been worse.  Time outs never worked for our son.  He would "rage" in a time out - usually having to be held for over an hour and as soon as he calmed down - he would go right back to doing what he got in trouble for in the first place!  We finally learned that if we take away something my son loves most - like right now it is electronics (like his tablet or xbox) than he'll behave.  Routine and a schedule and lots of warnings for transition times has worked the best.   

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