There are millions of children around the globe living with ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms as we speak. It’s somewhat fascinating to think how this population of children grew to such high numbers over the years, as back in the 70-80’s how were these kids treated? Most from previous generations do not recall any classmates having to take medication, or being separated from their peers for attention disorders. This leads to the great debate, “do children require medications for attention deficit challenges?”.
In 2019 there are millions of parents trying their best to live a very organic, healthy way and in a way that suggests not using the traditional prescription medicine route. According to US News, common ADHD medications are divided between stimulants and non stimulants. The treating physicians generally begin the patient on a trial run of the medication that they think will be most suitable for them. It’s often the stimulant type first trialed as they’re generally rather successful for most children. These drugs such as Ritalin or Adderall will need to be carefully followed as it can take a month or so to find the best dosage for the patient that doesn’t inhibit their daily routine.
The biggest issue for parents seems to be the potential side effects that their child may have to endure. For example, the stimulant medications can come with some pretty serious adverse reactions for some patients. They can increase the risk of many cardiovascular challenges, such as heart attacks, strokes, and even the possibility of cardiac arrest in patients that may have a higher probability of these ailments occurring. This is why it is absolutely imperative for the prescribing medical professional to do a thorough family history of each patient prior to dispensing any drugs for their ADHD.
There’s also the theory that many Moms and Dads just don’t want to medicate their children regardless of the condition they may be living with daily. Unless it is deemed as medically necessary, that is their right as parents. If you opt to not go with the traditional medication treatment plan, what alternative therapies can be utilized?
Some alternative changes that requires little effort on the child is for the parent to take a close look at their diet. If the child is one that perhaps doesn’t process dairy correctly, or has many sugary sodas or processed foods each day, that alone could increase their ADHD symptoms. Experts strongly advise that the parents first get a professional food sensitivity test completed, and make adjustments based on those results. Eliminate as much sugar in their diet as possible, and ensure they are getting enough rest each night.