|Posted on May 12, 2011 at 10:35 AM|
So have you ever heard the words, " Your child is great but have you ever thought about medicating him for his behavior in class". Many parents are faced with this news every day. The truth of the matter is, is that there are thousands of children that are being medicated improperly in this country for behavioral issues. Some of these children have been diagnosed properly and some were not. If you have been faced with this decision you should definitely eliminate all alternatives to help your child's behavior first.
Steps to take before medicating your ADHD child
1. First and foremost evaluate your child's eating and sleeping pattern. If your child is too tired they may be having difficulty sitting still, talking too much, playing at inappropriate times and then of course zoning out when ever possible. This is what we call the overtired child. They are trying everything in their power to keep themselves awake. Also keeping track of what your child is eating will come in handy later on.
2. Devise a Diet plan that will help not hurt your child.
Most children with ADD/ADHD have various food sensitivities that contribute to behavioral issues. In particularly artificial colors and flavors are ones that are the most common. These are especially more sensitive in boys than in girls. Also if your child consumes a large amount of sugar that should be eliminated all together. If you try limiting sweets, and sugary foods there should be a dramatic change in your child's behavior in general. There will also be a greater ability to focus better. For more information on diet plans for ADD/ADHD children check Dr. Feingold's website. http://www.feingold.org/
3. Consider Chiropractic care!
Chiropractic care is very important to your children no matter what their health issues are. If you have a child with ADD/ADHD it is even more valuable. Chiropractic care helps to calm the nervous system down which enables the brain to communicate with the rest of the body. Usually in a child with ADD/ADHD their nervous system is so ramped up that the brain can not sift through and sort what is important and what is not important, which in return does not allow them to focus. It is kind of like when there is static on your telephone, you can hear the other person but not clearly!
After you have tried all of these options you should see a dramatic change in your child's behavior and learning patterns. If there are still some signs that have not diminished then it may be necessary for your child to seek help with a psychologist or psychiatrist, due to the fact that they are the only trained medical professionals qualified to diagnose this condition accurately.