Possible ad/hd and some questions

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Possible ad/hd and some questions
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Fri, 06-13-2003 - 7:45pm
Hi, I have a seven-year-old DS who I firmly believe had ad/hd. He has ALL the classic symptoms. The most severe is his impulsive behavior. It's not that he doesn't pay attention in general. He just pays attention to EVERYTHING. He can't filter out outside stimulants and focus on what he needs to be. He had a BASC behavior assessment at school that labeled him 'at risk' for conduct and attention disorders. The child always acts first, thinks second. He's been in counseling for about a month and we're getting no where. I don't expect a miraculous recovery, but I'm thinking medication at this point. He's seeing a child social worker, so I guess to persue medications I'd have to go through our family doctor. I did come across some information suggesting that caffeine can help curb symptoms of ad/hd children. DH wants to pump the boy full of mountain dew for the next few days and see if we see any improvement. I'm pretty desperate at this point. He's literally ruining our family one day at a time. Has anyone ever had any luck with caffeine alone? The thought of medication breaks my heart, but if he needs it, I'll do anything.

Thanks,

Laura

Laura, mom to B & E
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Registered: 03-28-2003
Fri, 06-13-2003 - 9:13pm
I tried caffeine. It worked for a very brief time. Also, there was no way I was going to get the school to let him have a Mountain Dew every hour or so. believe me, I asked. I'd send Mountain Dews in his back pack and get the " I guess Liam slipped this by you this morning." I'd explain I wanted him to drink it to help him focus and collide head on into that proverbial brick wall. Also, after a few weeks, I started to worry about his teeth. Even now when we all go out to eat both my kids ask for a diet coke. It made for an interesting segway to ritalin. Before trying it, I'd read that if it works on your kid, a stimulant will work, so I'd say give it a try, then you will have some idea if a stimulant will work. Just know the stimulants are much more academically acceptable and last a lot longer with better results. Or maybe it will work for you. Every child is different.

One thing I did think was effective was the fiengold diet. Unfortunately, even though my son did great, my daughter lost a lot of weight, and I couldn't do it with one and not the other. No way I could give her chix nuggets from Wendys and not him. But if this is your only child at this point, you could give it a try, then the next one won't know any better.

I just read over this post. It sounds so bad! Every child is different. You get to pick and choose what you think will work and go from there. Oh the joys of Mommy and Daddy hood! The above input is how things worked out for me and mine. Good luck! Sio

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Sat, 06-14-2003 - 6:23pm
I know how you feel. I knew there was something wrong with my son long before my doc did. With the caffiene thing, remember you are also pumping him full of dyes and sugar. These are 2 things my son did not react well to.

I suggest you get a professional evaluation and skip the mountain dew.

Elspeth