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Natural Remedies For Attention Deficit Disorder In Children
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 3 more doctor answers
What are some of the non-drug treatments for Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children?
Are there any herbs that have stimulant effects, for treating a child with attention deficit disorder?
Probably, but why?: Most of the herbal remedies touted for treating adhd have some type of stimulant such as caffeine as the major active ingredient. Studies are scant to nonexistent, and manufacturing of these products are not under fda scrutiny. Caffeine is a weak stimulant with a short half-life, so it may help but probably wll require multiple doses. Prescription products are much better studied and effective. ...Read more
Meds or no meds: Medications are generally safe if used properly, they usually provide quick response but also have significant side effects.Behavioral intervention , and neurofeedback are now endorsed by the aap as efficacious alternative in young children or for parents who do want meds.Diet modifications, herbs and supplements have been tried with poor and inconsistent response.A proper assessment is key. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ADHD treatment: ADHD is usually treated with stimulants like Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or concerta. It depends on the age of the child and how they respond. If one medication doesn't work most will respond to another type of medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are some of the risk factors for getting Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children?
Are there any natural herbs to help a hyperactivity disorder rather than using medication in a child?
None: No natural remedy has been proven efficacious so far. Pharmacologic therapy utilizing stimulants plus behavior modification provides best results without significant side effects. Children who received stimulants for their adhd are not at higher risk to develop substance abuse later. ...Read more
What medical treatment options are available for kids with attention deficit without hyperactivity?
Stimulant & non-: stimulant medications are equally as effective for ADHD-Primarily Inattentive Type as for ADHD-Combined Type. The 9 symptoms of Inattention impact academics more than the 9 symptoms. of Hyperactivity/Impulsivity. One research method to measure efficacy of ADHD meds is to confirm that the kids get more math problems done & more correct when meds levels are optimal in their bloodstreams. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
A partial list: First, adhd is highly heritable, so having a parent or sibling who has adhd or a family history of adhd is the most common set-up. Then comes prematurity; the smaller the baby, the higher the risk of adhd. Many genetic syndromes are associated with with adhd, giving researchers the opportunity to look at the genes involved with adhd. Less common are brain infections or injuries. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some, maybe: If hyperactivity is due to adhd, there are very few "natural" treatments of use. Most available natural treatments are combinations of ephedra, caffeine or ginseng. None of these are safer than prescription medications available, & some are actually dangerous for kids. Healthy diet, exercise, & sleep help everyone, including add patients. Caffeine, chocolate & red dye may cause hyperactivity. ...Read more
Antidepressants...: Although antidepressants have not been well studied in epilepsy and can even cause seizures in someone not on their medication, antidepressants have been used safely. Avoid wellbutrin, (bupropion) and Anafranil and talk to your doctor and tell them if you have epilepsy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If that's what it is: People perform at their best when they have adequate sleep, proper nutrition, are free from illness & are in a comfortable setting. Anyone failing to attain any of these basics can have symptoms of poor focus. I am leery of anyone who claims to have ADD that did not have symptoms enough to treat as a child. A full evaluation by a physician including sleep study would be proper. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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