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What else is there to do when you have a child with adhd, and you don't want the child to take medication?
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7 doctors agree
In brief: Change lifestyle
Provide structure at all times, firm and loving limit setting, break down commands to single ones, modify his diet, avoid sugary drinks and snacks, processed foods and food colorings.
You may want to try omegas and never neglect therapy, behavior modification and time management skills. You need the guidance of teachers, therapists and nutritionists.

In brief: Change lifestyle
Provide structure at all times, firm and loving limit setting, break down commands to single ones, modify his diet, avoid sugary drinks and snacks, processed foods and food colorings.
You may want to try omegas and never neglect therapy, behavior modification and time management skills. You need the guidance of teachers, therapists and nutritionists.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. Nguyen Nguyen
If your child has been properly diagnosed with ADHD, that means that he or she has a relative deficiency in certain neurotransmittors and the medicine helps restore the balance of these neurotransmittors so the brain can function optimally. You would not think of denying a person with low thyroid level of their thyroid medication, or a person with insulin-dependent diabetes of their insulin.
Dr. Nguyen Nguyen
I agree that medicine is not the only solution and all the above suggestions are good. I just wanted to allay parents' fear of the medicine. It makes a dramatic difference in most children's lives and the lives of their parents when it is properly used.
Dr. Mandakini Patel
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: ADHD
I do not blame you for not wanting to have your child take meds for this.
There is so much literature that tells that there is an overkill in the diagnosis of adhd. If you want you can try a structured environment at home and in school and be patietn and persistent in hte message you send to your child. Seek a second opinion for hte daignosis and if treatment is still recomm. Try it.

In brief: ADHD
I do not blame you for not wanting to have your child take meds for this.
There is so much literature that tells that there is an overkill in the diagnosis of adhd. If you want you can try a structured environment at home and in school and be patietn and persistent in hte message you send to your child. Seek a second opinion for hte daignosis and if treatment is still recomm. Try it.
Dr. Mandakini Patel
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Counseling helps
Counseling is an important part of adhd rx whether or not meds are used, for u & the child.
Conferring with a counselor can help u MAP out a plan.A 2nd opinion on the DX and a broader explanation of treatment options may help u understand the process. A brief medication trial (one wk including a weekend) may help you decide if the benefits outweigh your concerns.

In brief: Counseling helps
Counseling is an important part of adhd rx whether or not meds are used, for u & the child.
Conferring with a counselor can help u MAP out a plan.A 2nd opinion on the DX and a broader explanation of treatment options may help u understand the process. A brief medication trial (one wk including a weekend) may help you decide if the benefits outweigh your concerns.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: There are Some
It depends upon your goals.
Most teachers are trained in techniques to help with school performance, such as allowing more time, sitting in the front of the room, tutoring, etc. Social issues are harder requiring peer patience and education.There are no proven alterative cures, such as chiropractic, supplements etc.For some, medicine is the only therapy that works.

In brief: There are Some
It depends upon your goals.
Most teachers are trained in techniques to help with school performance, such as allowing more time, sitting in the front of the room, tutoring, etc. Social issues are harder requiring peer patience and education.There are no proven alterative cures, such as chiropractic, supplements etc.For some, medicine is the only therapy that works.
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees
In brief: The Multimodal
Treatment of ADHD study by NIMH showed that Behavioral Management Therapy has a 30% chance of managing symptoms.
Stimulant medication alone or with BMT has a 70% chance. After 8 wks. of BMT & Section 504 classroom support you & his teacher should fill out the same questionnaires used at baseline to know if he still has harmful dysfunction in academics, behavior & peer interaction. See CHADD.org.

In brief: The Multimodal
Treatment of ADHD study by NIMH showed that Behavioral Management Therapy has a 30% chance of managing symptoms.
Stimulant medication alone or with BMT has a 70% chance. After 8 wks. of BMT & Section 504 classroom support you & his teacher should fill out the same questionnaires used at baseline to know if he still has harmful dysfunction in academics, behavior & peer interaction. See CHADD.org.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Andres R Villar
Pediatrics
In brief: First
First make sure that your child has received a thorough evaluation by a well trained experienced professional.
Second , make sure all available options, including meds are expained to you including efficacy, side effects, interactions.Last please be aware that meds are safe, if used properly, are the recommended treatment of choice.Neurofeedback, behavioral intervention are also recommended.

In brief: First
First make sure that your child has received a thorough evaluation by a well trained experienced professional.
Second , make sure all available options, including meds are expained to you including efficacy, side effects, interactions.Last please be aware that meds are safe, if used properly, are the recommended treatment of choice.Neurofeedback, behavioral intervention are also recommended.
Dr. Andres R Villar
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