caffeine

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Mon, 09-21-2009 - 10:55am

Okay, so I've immersed myself in all of this since we're starting the journey. Since I know meds aren't in the immediate future until we finish the entire assessment, I figured I'd see what I could do to help my daughter NOW. I want her to be accepted by her peers TODAY. I want her teachers to look at her in a positive way TODAY. I want her to feel good about herself TODAY. I don't want to wait weeks for this process.

Doing all the reading on behavior therapy, we already do so much of it in our home. So I know we'll more than likely have to use medication. So I started looking at caffeine and was curious. So yesterday, I gave her a can of coke and WHOA! I was shocked at how she sat in her seat for an entire meal! It may seem small to someone on the outside. But that is HUGE in our home. And she could turn away from the TV and have an actual conversation with me! I only had to call her name once to get her attention instead of the usual 7-10 times!

So my question is, do any of you use caffeine? I am not sure it's the right long term solution. But until we get to the medication end of all of this, I thought I'd try something to help her sooner than later. Any thoughts? I figure, just like any med, it has it's risks and benefits. Can anyone chime in here?

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In reply to: dianebond75
Mon, 09-21-2009 - 11:02am

I have in the past used caffeine, in an emergency.


For example, DD had a late ball game, I did not want to give her a 12 hour med at 5 PM, so we gave her a Monster java. It worked like a charm. I have also found Rockstar, Mountain Dew, and red bull to be winners.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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In reply to: dianebond75
Mon, 09-21-2009 - 1:16pm
do you only use it in an emergency b/c the duration isn't long enough? I am beginning to wonder that if caffeine works well, should I even bother with medication? I know these are questions I should be asking the therapist...but I am so curious as to why one wouldn't simply use caffeine if it has the same effects.
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In reply to: dianebond75
Mon, 09-21-2009 - 2:37pm

Yes, we've used caffeine when our son's medication has worn off later in the day and we need to get through an event. It really does help and he never turns down the rare opportunity to have soda! The downside is that it doesn't last long. Stimulants really do the trick for kids with ADHD ... caffeine or medication.

Good luck with the process! I remember what it's like to be waiting and wanting to just get some results now. The only warning I can think of with caffeine is that it's addictive and if you offer it a lot, your child can develop headaches getting off of it (I went through major caffeine withdrawl headaches when I gave up coffee).

Michelle

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In reply to: dianebond75
Mon, 09-21-2009 - 7:12pm
Michelle, do the medications also have withdrawals? What I see as the major downfall of caffeine at this point is in dosing. How could i really monitor how much my daughter would be taking in. Also, how would I know what is safe for her. Of course, a doctor would be best for that info. But aren't there side effects from medications, as well? Are the medications all time-release now so that she wouldn't need a 2nd dose at school? I know I have a million questions. And if I was just patient, I'll get the answers in time. But it is hard being patient!
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In reply to: dianebond75
Mon, 09-21-2009 - 8:19pm
There aren't any withdrawals, the meds are out of their system usually within 4, 8, 12 hours. Not all meds are time released, and there are shorter acting time released meds, somce are 12 hour, some 8.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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In reply to: dianebond75
Mon, 09-21-2009 - 9:40pm

Yep, we have used a can of soda in an emergency or on

Kathy

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In reply to: dianebond75
Mon, 09-21-2009 - 9:43pm
...I wanted to add that I recently read an article that said the reason adults with ADHD tend to smoke is because nicotine is a stimulant...having the same effect on the brain that medication does (or caffeine).

Kathy

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In reply to: dianebond75
Mon, 09-21-2009 - 11:19pm
I'd believe it. My oldest brother probably would have been diagnosed as ADHD if there had been such a diagnosis when he was in school. He smoked for years before he had a heart attack at the young age of 45 (smoking was only one contributing factor) but I know he smoked because it stimulated his brain and because it gave him something to do. I often see my students with ADHD do better when they have something to fidget with while they work.


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In reply to: dianebond75
Tue, 09-22-2009 - 8:51am

Oh my Gosh - I could have written your post -- my older brother would have been diagnosed when he was a kid if they knew about it then -- my mother tells me often my son is just like my brother was if only they knew then....and my brother smoked and my brother passed away from a heart attack at 37.


My son "plays" with pencils, erasers or whatever is available in his desk, he sticks his hands right in there the teacher reports and has a little world going on but he is listening and he is absorbing the information so she let him do it.

Kathy

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In reply to: dianebond75
Tue, 09-22-2009 - 9:39am

Hi, I just want to add that we tried giving my DS a can of coke when he had an evening baseball game (at 6 pm) and it did not work, so not all kids respond to caffeine as well as they do to medication.

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