Medication Help

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Registered: 08-10-2010
Medication Help
Thu, 09-16-2010 - 12:19am
I have a 5 yr old son, who was diagnosed with ADHD. I dont want to put him on prescription meds. I have heard of Listol and wanted to know if anyone has used it or knows anything about the side affects. I have tried finding side affects about it but cant find anything. If anyone knows anything else that may help such as a diet, vitamens or anything that has worked for them that I could possibly try please let me know I need help!
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Registered: 06-10-2007
Thu, 09-16-2010 - 9:13am

HI, and welcome

the problems with things like Listol, is that there is not enough of any one thing to actually work, so save your money. Some alternatives do help, but they do not prevent all ADHD symptoms, and they take a long time to work. Months usually. Omega's help with moods,and are really good for anyone, but it is a high dose, and takes

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

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Registered: 03-25-2008
Thu, 09-16-2010 - 11:28am

Something to keep in mind is that the "alternatives" out there are not government-regulated, so you don't always know what you're getting. We have to give our son melatonin to get to sleep at night and while this is "natural," we've found huge variations in the quality/dosage by brand because it's unregulated. We're only giving melatonin to our son under the guidance and monitoring of his psychiatrist. Otherwise, I'm very hesitant to turn to anything unregulated, especially with our young child. The medications for ADHD are government-regulated, so you don't have to worry about fraud and unpredictability. It can take trial and error to find the right one, but you know what you're getting. The dosage is what the manufacturer says it is. We started our son on them at age four and they transformed his life.


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Registered: 12-05-2006
Sat, 09-18-2010 - 12:39am

Behavior therapy can be an

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Registered: 05-02-2004
Sun, 09-19-2010 - 2:07pm

We don't do medication, and we homeschool, so our situation may be different from yours.

My son has had fine muscle delays that effect his speech and writing abilities. What I didn't know until we started reading is that effected his eyes too - he was seeing in double vision. In order for him to see clearly he had to move, a lot, which I did not realize.

I had his diagnosed last winter so I would know how to teach him best. The dr. said ADHD. Not long after the diagnosis we started vision therapy for his reading. It made a large difference in his ability to sit still (and to read in a non-dyslexic manner.) He is still impulsive, but can focus a lot better now.

You didn't say if there were any other issues going along with your son, but if you think there may be any issues, get his eyes checked by an optometrist. My son had a really hard time crossing his eyes, and could not follow an object moved in a circle around his face in a smooth manner. His reading and writing presented as dyslexic - reading last word first, reversals of letters an numbers. Again, this won't work for everyone, but it also may not hurt to check. Be aware that vision therapy is a long process - 6 months for us, and involves daily practice.