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Children With Attention Deficit Disorder
Are there over-the-counter medications for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?
No: Although seem people use caffeine (as pills or in food or drink), no over-the-counter medications have been shown to be effective for treating adhd. Some parents notice that their children are less symptomatic when ill and taking cough syrup, but that is general sedation and illness, not treatment of adhd specifically. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Do you know of over-the-counter medications for children diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder?
Possibly: Many conditions may mimic adhd. Discuss with your pediatrician. Sleep disorders may respond to melatonin, dietary issues may respond to otc medications and dietary supplements. Caffiene's stimulant property can be helpful but can have problems with managing doseage and is short acting. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No biological marker: exists for any of the 3 types of ADHD. Criteria: 6/9 significant symptoms of inattention with or without 6/9 significant symptoms of hyperactivity/impulsivity that began before age 10 & caused harmful dysfunction at school/work & home for 6 months or more. Diagnosis: medical, educational, psychological & family history + physical, neurological, neurodevelopmental & (neuro)psychological testing. ...Read more
Have it evaluated: The treatments available for this disorder are often schedule 2 controlled drugs that require prescription and are monitored by state and federal authorities. A proper evaluation by your physician along with charted documentation of your history and problems are necessary. Other non adhd issues can have symptoms that appear similar. ...Read more
First steps: If you haven't been, get tested. There are great neuropsychological tests out there that will help define the disorder and your strengths in functioning. Tailoring treatment to these functional strengths is key. It may take medication, but definitely will mean changes to the way you do things and try to process information. ...Read more
Evaluate: Many people do not "out grow" adhd. A diagnosis requires an evaluation by a trained professional. Many adults get diagnosed after their children are diagnosed. Most children with adhd have at least 1 parent with it. If you have a child, parent, or sibling with it, there is about 40% chance you do to. Treating it can still be life changing. ...Read more
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