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My child has ADHD how to treat it?

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Dr. Richard Simmons
Pediatrics - Neurology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Combination

Adhd is a constellation of symptoms including hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity.
Most patients benefit from combination therapy involving modifications to the school environment, psychological counseling, stimulant and non-stimulant medications. Treatment should be tailored to meet each patient's needs.

In brief: Combination

Adhd is a constellation of symptoms including hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity.
Most patients benefit from combination therapy involving modifications to the school environment, psychological counseling, stimulant and non-stimulant medications. Treatment should be tailored to meet each patient's needs.
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Dr. ASADULLAH AHMED
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Combination

Adhd is best treated with a combination of medication and behavior management.

In brief: Combination

Adhd is best treated with a combination of medication and behavior management.
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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
and nutrition focusing on increased protein, increased Omega 3, 6, 9 as well as avoidance of chemicals, dyes, processed foods and sugars; highly recommend books and CD's by Dr. John Taylor for nutritional as welll as behavioral guidance.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Omega 3's + 6's have a mildly positive effect; a few kids clearly allergic to certain food dyes & additives can also have ADHD symptoms.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Many options

There are many, many options to treat adhd.
But each child needs their own tailored program. Talk it over with you doctor about what treatments and medications might work best for you.

In brief: Many options

There are many, many options to treat adhd.
But each child needs their own tailored program. Talk it over with you doctor about what treatments and medications might work best for you.
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
It is true that diet changes, dye elimination and sugar elimination can help! Also look at the websitewww.nativeremedies.com and their product Bright Spark. I have had some success with this recently. Also checkout aromatherapy with doTerra. Their are some oils that may help with sleep...these treatments are best son with the help of a trained person.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Combination

With meds, therapy if indicated, home and school environment , working closely with teachers school and parents.
Disagree that diet in any way has anything to do with adhd.

In brief: Combination

With meds, therapy if indicated, home and school environment , working closely with teachers school and parents.
Disagree that diet in any way has anything to do with adhd.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
A very few kids with allergic symptoms to certain food dyes & additives have ADHD symptoms; sleep apnea can cause mild-mod. symptoms.
Dr. John Straus
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Food allergy

Research published in the lancet and other journals clearly shows the link between food and behavior. Also dr rapp's book: allergy and the hyperactive child.
1. Controlled trial of hyposensitisation in children with food-induced hyperkinetic syndrome. Joseph egger, the lancert, 5.9.92. 2. Controlled trial of oligoantigenic treatment in the hyperkinetic syndrome. J. Egger. The lancet. 3.9.85.

In brief: Food allergy

Research published in the lancet and other journals clearly shows the link between food and behavior. Also dr rapp's book: allergy and the hyperactive child.
1. Controlled trial of hyposensitisation in children with food-induced hyperkinetic syndrome. Joseph egger, the lancert, 5.9.92. 2. Controlled trial of oligoantigenic treatment in the hyperkinetic syndrome. J. Egger. The lancet. 3.9.85.
Dr. John Straus
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Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Multifaceted

Attention is complex and can be addressed through some combination of behavioral, educational, environmental, and pharmacological approaches.
Links with allergens and dyes have not been disproven, but are far from clear- the evidence is mixed at best. In the US standard care does not include restricting allergens. Limiting dyes and sugar does help a small subset with ADHD.

In brief: Multifaceted

Attention is complex and can be addressed through some combination of behavioral, educational, environmental, and pharmacological approaches.
Links with allergens and dyes have not been disproven, but are far from clear- the evidence is mixed at best. In the US standard care does not include restricting allergens. Limiting dyes and sugar does help a small subset with ADHD.
Dr. Timothy Ashley
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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Many options

Accurate diagnosis first.
Medical management, if indicated, should be individually tailored to the child & coupled with behavioral therapies, sleep/diet/exercise optimization. Remember, “normalization“ is the goal, not “drugged calm.“ well-managed adhd kids should be able to be rude & obnoxious still (!) , but by their choice, not because they can't help it as may be the case when untreated.

In brief: Many options

Accurate diagnosis first.
Medical management, if indicated, should be individually tailored to the child & coupled with behavioral therapies, sleep/diet/exercise optimization. Remember, “normalization“ is the goal, not “drugged calm.“ well-managed adhd kids should be able to be rude & obnoxious still (!) , but by their choice, not because they can't help it as may be the case when untreated.
Dr. Gregg Alexander
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics

In brief: Get Help

Adhd is a complex problem that requires understanding and help from a qualified professional.
There are proven methods to help your child, but this forum is not the right place to adequately provide answers which are unique to each child. Best advice is to see your pediatrician.

In brief: Get Help

Adhd is a complex problem that requires understanding and help from a qualified professional.
There are proven methods to help your child, but this forum is not the right place to adequately provide answers which are unique to each child. Best advice is to see your pediatrician.
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