D.O. asks from Weatherly, PA on March 24, 2008
Best resources on ADHD information in toddlers?
I would like to know where to get good information on ADHD in toddlers...what causes it and how to control it with out the use of medication....My daughter is bueatiful and intelligant...but very hyper and has a very hard time consintrating on anything up to and including eating a meal...she has to be always talking, running, dancing, singing, she never stops and i know that 3 yr olds have alot of energy but this is more then alot...she knows her abc's but in the middle will stop and run around or start counting and then may never finish saying her abc's...what can i do, what caused this, is it that i am a single mom? and i really do not want to put her on medication but am lost with no more ideas. I have tried putting her on a schedule, changing her diet, she is not allowed any soad or sugar, please help????
Here is a link to information on ADHD from the National Institute of Mental Health <http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml>. If your child is experiencing more than the normal hyper activity of a 3 years old, I would seek out an official diagnosis. Ask your pediatrician for a referral to a child psychologist or a children's behavioral health agency.
N.R. answers from Pittsburgh on March 24, 2008
I was the mom who vowed NEVER to medicate her child...well never say never. My child has issues and ADHD is one. He is ABOVE his academic level but he can't just focus...in life not focus. Heck school is my saviour I needed to help with his day to day task. We have him on Adderall XR 10mg. THIS IS MY LIFE LINE. He is NOT A ZOMBIE by any means. I tried to weeen him off and OMG..........it was INSANE.
Dont' beat yourself up about this. It's a very personal choice what you do. Get a few opionions and IF you elect to medicate dont' let people make you feel bad about it. You are your child's advocate....who cares what anyone else thinks.
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S.E. answers from Allentown on March 25, 2008
I know of someone who treats this naturally without drugs. She makes dietary changes and possibly adds nutritional supplements if your child is lacking in something. With hyperactivity though, her main thing is the child being dye-free, espec. red #5 I think it is. Her website is www.holisticfamilyhealthcarepc.com and she is so worth the 1 hr trip to get her take on things. I was recommended by someone in my area (Saylorsburg) and would travel to her if I had an acute condition, she's that good!!
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T.K. answers from Harrisburg on March 31, 2008
I struggled with this for a few years. Changing the diet is the right answer however there is one item that you may want to consider changing. We often thought it was sugar and chocolate with my son but it turned out that he has an allergy to red and blue food dyes. He was exhibiting symptoms of ADHD when he ingested anything with red or blue dye. These dyes are found in just about everything that a child likes. Even foods that do not have the color of red or blue can contain it. Start reading labels its in there. It is a proven fact that these dyes are affecting children of all ages and at all places on the spectrum. We eliminated red and blue from his diet and he is a totally different child. Before you look to meds, please consider this. Also, check out www.tk.mywildtree.com. I currently am working for a company whose founder had two children with food sensitive allergies and medical conditions. We have changed our eating and our lives for the better. Best of Luck to you!
T.S. answers from Pittsburgh on March 24, 2008
She sounds totally normal to me. I reccommend reading some books on raising toddlers before jumping into therapy and medications. Try Pantley's "No Cry Discipline Solution" or Dr. Karp's, "The Happiest Toddler on the Block".
A.P. answers from Pittsburgh on March 24, 2008
We have a behavioral specialist M.D. in our ped. group and he told me that true ADHD/ADD should not be treated with medication until a child STOPS achieving in school. Achievement in academics isn't able to be judged until late kindergarten or 1st grade. Medication is both mind altering AND personality altering and if I were you, I would get a couple of opinions before medicating her at this age. When faced with the decision of whether or not to medicate your child for ADHD, you have to first ask yourself if her ADHD is a problem for her or for you! You don't want to medicate your child for something as simple as a "difference" in her personality.
p.s. The reason I had to speak with a behavior specialist is because my oldest son is hyper and I completely understand your frustration!
M.R. answers from Philadelphia on March 24, 2008
I know exactly how you are feeling. My daughter is 31 months old and is behaving the same way. I just asked the peditrician about it on Friday and he looked at me like I was crazy for even suggesting it at this age. There are five peditricians in the group and he is my least favorite so I plan on following up with someone else at her next appointment. I don't want to put her on any medications or anything I just want to know that activities or things I should be doing with her to help. I am starting to wonder if going organic will help. I have been hearing alot about the benefits and I am wondering if it might help with this as well. I might just give it a try.
I also have a 9 month old little boy who just started crawling a few weeks ago and it has been nothing but bumps and bruises with her around. She loves him but she is just way too hyper and rough around him that he falls over or gets hit with something. I just feel so bad for him.
I am very curious to see what responses you get. I give you lots of credit for doing it alone. I at least have my husband to help me deal with her in the evenings.
D.P. answers from Pittsburgh on March 24, 2008
I would start by discussing this with your pediatrician before drawing any conclusions! My son is 5 and he still has a hard time focusing the entire way through a meal! All kids are different and my son is just very "high energy." Oddly enough the more tired he is, the MORE fidgety, less focused and restless he becomes. Does it seem like that with your daughter?
Three is a BUSY year for kids. So I guess my advice would be to talk to your pediatrician about it (maybe a phone appointment, when she won't be around). Good luck to you!
G.I. answers from Philadelphia on March 25, 2008
Although your daughter is "hyper" is there anything in particular that she focuses on? Some children are more visual and will focus on pictures. Others are more auditory and will focus on words. I am a third grade teacher who supports trying to find alternative ways to focus children than to use medicine. I have lots of ideas that might help you but I don't want to write too much unless I know whether you have noticed anything at all that does get your daughter to stand still and focus.