ADHD in Children: If a Cure is Worse than Symptoms, Go Natural!
So your child is hyperactive at times, maybe even impulsive, acting without thinking of consequences. And maybe he or she is even a bit of a daydreamer who doesn’t pay attention when you speak. But when does this type of behavior cross the line into something that’s more than normal childhood behavior? When is it a lack of control (parental or child) and when is it time to have your child evaluated for ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD for short, is certainly a common diagnosis for children today and the numbers just keep rising. An estimated 4 – 12% of all school-aged children have ADHD and it affects more boys than girls, by a ratio of 3:1.
Childhood ADHD includes many types of behavior that fit into the categories of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. The behaviors within these categories interfere with all aspects of a child’s life, including school, home, and in relationships with their peers.
It’s difficult to be the parent of a child with ADHD; in fact you often feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster. You feel compassion for your child and all that he or she has to deal with and you feel helpless and tired most of the time. Parenting a child with ADHD takes an incredible toll on you. It’s not easy… we know.
ADHD in Children: Common Behaviors
Children with ADHD can be affected in three different categories of behavior:
- Inattention – ADHD children have trouble listening to and following directions, concentrating on and completing tasks, especially if there is any background noise that easily distracts them, and organizing their things, their thoughts and their homework. They also have problems with losing or misplacing items like play things or items they need to finish tasks or homework.
- Hyperactivity – Children with ADHD often find it hard to sit still; they are constantly fidgeting or moving. They may also talk incessantly or try to work on several things at once, never finishing any of them.
- Impulsivity – A child with ADHD often finds it difficult to wait his/her turn, blurts out answers in class, interrupts others when they’re speaking and invades other people’s personal “space” by asking inappropriate questions. He or she may also have trouble keeping emotions in check and may often act out or throw temper tantrums.
Girls tend to display more symptoms of inattention, while boys tend to be more hyperactive. Some children suffer from symptoms in all three categories (most common), while others display inattention behaviors only or hyperactive/impulsive behaviors only.
Childhood ADHD: Positive Behaviors
When you think of a child with ADHD, you usually think of a hard-to-manage, out-of-control “brat” with worn out parents and teachers. Not necessarily so. Children with ADHD often have above average intelligence and are artistically gifted. They also have the following positive traits that make them unique and special:
- Creative minds – Children with ADHD often think “out of the box” and come up with creative solutions to problems because they tend to look at things differently. When daydreaming, they may be thinking about different ways to solve a problem and they frequently become entrepreneurs or great inventors.
- Flexibility – A child with ADHD is generally open to ideas on different ways to perform tasks or approach problem-solving.
- High energy levels – Children with ADHD can be very motivated and driven, especially when they are involved in activities that they find enjoyable or that are “hands-on.”
- Personality Plus – When they are not behaving badly, children with ADHD can be quite spirited, enthusiastic and fun to be with!
Childhood ADHD: Treatment Options
Treatment of ADHD in children is most likely to be multi-disciplinary and may include behavior, individual and/or family therapy, social interaction therapy, changes in the home environment to limit distractions, dietary changes, and in-classroom or school support. It also includes ADHD medications that affect brain chemicals to reduce ADHD symptoms.
Medications for ADHD in children fall into two categories:
- Stimulants, such as Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta, that can be dosed in long-acting and short-acting pill and patch forms.
- Non-stimulant Strattera for use in children who can’t tolerate stimulants or for whom stimulants don’t work.
The problem with most ADHD medications is their side effects, which require that many of the medications carry specific warnings on their labels and in patient literature. These side effects may occur more often in children than in adults. For a complete list of the possible side effects associated with ADHD medications, please see the side bar in the related article, ADHD: Symptoms, Causes and a Natural Treatment Alternative.
Your ADHD Child – Concerned about Risky ADHD Medications?
Many parents of ADHD children are grateful for medications that control their children’s symptoms. They either aren’t aware of the potentially dangerous side effects or they aren’t worried that they can affect their child. If they were, they obviously would not want to take any chances with their child’s health, and possibly even their life, with risky medications that have yet to be tested for long-term effects.
Or maybe they just don’t believe that these side effects will affect their child! And then… all of a sudden, something happens, and the parent of a “statistic” wished that he or she had paid more attention to the side effects of these medications and opted for a safer treatment.
ADHD and Your Child – A Natural Solution
So what can you do to help your child, other than using Schedule II classified narcotics, to keep their behavior under control?
Are you aware that there is an all-natural solution that can uncover the cause of your child’s ADHD and reduce ADHD symptoms so that your child may not even need their ADHD medication? Are you at least willing to try something that’s been shown to be effective in relieving the symptoms of ADHD?
If so, then you are ready to hear about a safe and natural alternative to traditional ADHD treatment – an approach that you probably never even associated with ADHD. It’s chiropractic care and, if you want to help your child without the use of potentially dangerous drugs, it’s something you really ought to know about.
Chiropractic Care – A Healthy Alternative to ADHD Medications
An all-natural alternative treatment for childhood ADHD is chiropractic care. The sponsors of ChooseNatural.com are chiropractors whose care has shown impressive results in the reduction or total elimination of the symptoms associated with ADHD.
You might well ask, “How can that be? I thought chiropractors only treated bad necks and backs.”
Actually, that’s what many people think. That’s why they’ve never even considered chiropractic care as an alternative ADHD treatment until someone else told them about it or they read about it – just like you are now!
How does chiropractic care help children with ADHD? Chiropractors study the human central nervous system more than any other profession. They know that when there is any form of nerve interference in the body, some part of the body is affected. They also know that nerve interference can be the direct result of head or neck trauma that causes the spine to become misaligned. When the spine becomes misaligned, the nerves that exit the spine in the area of the misalignment are often affected. They may be pinched or pressed, affecting vital communication between the brain and the affected body part.
Spinal misalignments can occur as the result of any kind of accident, injury or fall. It can even occur during delivery when a baby’s head and neck are twisted and intense pressure is placed on the baby’s fragile neck and spine.
Our sponsors are chiropractors who remove this nerve interference by adjusting the spine and freeing up the affected nerves so that they can perform the communication function between the brain and the body. It is at this point that the body is capable of self-healing and self-regulation, without the need for risky drugs. “Chiropractic adjustments don’t just temporarily “suspend” ADHD symptoms, they address and target the source of your child’s ADHD to reduce or eliminate symptoms entirely,” exclaims a chiropractor in Madison, WI.
Research into the use of chiropractic care has found it to be just as effective as medication, but it’s a more permanent solution, with no risky side effects!
We can’t promise you any specific results, but we can let you read our testimonials that confirm the remarkable results that children, adolescents, teenagers and adults have experienced as chiropractic patients.
If you want to try an all-natural alternative to help your child’s ADHD, pick up your phone and speak with one of our compassionate and caring sponsors today. That one call could be the start of a whole new life for your child and for your family. Click here for a Choose Natural sponsor in your area.
Tips for Parenting Your ADHD Child
It’s not easy to be the parent of a child with ADHD – in fact, it can be downright overwhelming at times. Here are some tips from a mother, whose son is the patient of one of our sponsors:
|ADHD Parenting Tips|
|Remember that your child has a condition that may take some time to resolve with chiropractic care. Be patient and loving with your child, other family members and, most of all, yourself.|
|Be consistent with structure and discipline. Children with ADHD need to have consistency in their lives. Make sure that everyone who spends time with your child is on the same page in this regard.|
|Ignore those who are ignorant and who blame your child’s behavior on your poor parenting skills. You will never change them, so change what you can – you and your response to them.|
|Keep your child’s space as uncluttered and organized as possible. Make sure that external stimuli is kept to a minimum to keep your child as focused as possible when doing homework or an activity that requires concentration.|
|Make sure you spend quality time with your other children to keep them from becoming resentful, toward you and their sibling.|
|Remember that there are many types of parenting strategies and suggestions for parenting an ADHD child (including these!). Take what you need, use what works and ignore the rest.|
|Make sure you get a break – at least once a week – to care for yourself. Go on a date with your spouse, get your hair done, have lunch with a friend or get a massage. You get the picture – pamper yourself.|
|Join or start a support group for other overwhelmed parents of ADHD children.|
|Make sure that your child’s school and the child study team are doing what’s necessary to help your child succeed.|
|Get therapy, for your ADHD child, yourself and/or your family. It certainly won’t hurt and it definitely can help.|
|Keep your ADHD child away from junk food and fast food as much as possible. Some food additives can aggravate your child’s ADHD, so try to keep food “fresh” as much as possible. Consistent meal times also help.|
|Remember that you child is finally in the best hands and that “this too shall pass.” Your child’s chiropractor has the necessary training to help your child. It does work – it worked for my child and it can work for yours!|