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Add In Kids
Almost impossible: It is almost impossible to diagnose adhd in 3-4 year olds as they are in developmental stages that include a lot of activity, low focus and poor ability to sustain attention. These are normal at this age. By age 5 if the child is in school and really having difficulty, there are some screenings that can be done in coordination with the teacher and doctor to see if problem. Make sure sleep is good. ...Read more
Incidence of tics in: Children with adhd is 6-11% prior to meds. Medications can induce tics, but group studies show no increase in kids with adhd on meds.The old warning about stimulants still exists because pharmaceutical companies feel it's not cost-effective to re-do the studies. Peer-reviewed studies show that when children with adhd & tics are given stimulants , 1/3 get better, 1/3 get worse & 1/3 stay the same. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does focalin (dexmethylphenidate) work better or worse or differently than the other add drugs on kids?
Same: As the drs. Said, it's the right half of the methylphenidate molecule & the dose is 1/2 that of ritalin. Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr's onset is 30 minutes & it lasts ~ 10 hours. Because it releases 1/2 the dose initially & the other 1/2 4 hours later, some kids get "rebound " symptoms late am if they are " rapid metabolizers"& the the first dose wears off before the 2nd kicks in, requiring increasing the dose. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Should one be looking for autism symptoms in add kids anyway, since there's no fix for the autism part?
Norepinephrine is : The brain chemical whose circulating levels are, essentially, kept where they need to be by non-stimulants in the parts of the brain that inhibit behavior. They work ~65% of the time after building up a blood level & must be given daily. Stimulants keep Dopamine circulating, work 80-90% of the time & wear off daily. Read " straight talk about psychiatric medications for kids" by dr. Tim wilens. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Varies: Kids with ADD/ADHD are easily distracted especially in group situations, such as school, home, activities. They may not even hear a complete spoken sentence as a result. So they can appear rude and disruptive. Short-term memory is limited so they forget lots especially if not written down. They get in trouble and become depressed as a result, but can frequently turn it around with treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Speak to your doctor: You have not provided descriptive information. The best place to start is with your child's pediatrician. Let him or her know your concerns and a description of your child's behavior and activity level. In addition, if your child is in school, get information about performance, ability to focus and attend and effect of classroom distractions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None: Add equals attention deficit and it is widespread in the population.. The chief cause is sugar because it causes deficiency of vitamin b1 in particular. Try taking away all forms of sugar. The best way to do that is to get rid of it from the house. Go to my blog "oxygen the spark of life" that youy can google. ...Read more
Increased risk: Add, or adhd (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is not attributable to a single gene like, say, eye color is. Rather it's a multigene issue, plus likely requiring environmental input or trigger to bring it out. So calculating the likelihood of inheriting adhd from 2 parents is rather imprecise, but, we can conclude that it is a substantial risk compared to neither parent having it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer