ADHD in Children

In this article: Chiropractic for ADHD | ADHD Behaviors | Treatment Options

This page has been reviewed by Choose Natural’s Chiropractic Advisory Board.

In this article: Chiropractic for ADHD | ADHD Behaviors | Treatment Options

This page has been reviewed by Choose Natural’s Chiropractic Advisory Board.

ADHD in Children

So your child is hyperactive at times, maybe even impulsive, acting without thinking of consequences.

Today’s chiropractic care represents a safe and natural way to address ADHD in children.

What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD for short, is a common diagnosis for children today and the numbers 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 they to deal with, and you feel helpless and tired most of the time.

Chiropractic for ADHD in Children

smiling little girlsPediatric chiropractic care is a natural form of alternative health care that can help children with ADHD. Chiropractors study the human central nervous system. They know that when there is any form of nerve interference in the body, some part of the body is affected.

Chiropractors work to 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 are gentle and safe for children, focused specifically on the area of spinal misalignment. If you’re nervous, you can even ask your chiropractor to show you the exact amount of pressure used to adjust a child’s spine–most parents who have never experienced an adjustment are happy to see how sensitive it actually is.

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.

ADHD in Children: Common Behaviors

Children with ADHD can be affected in three different categories of behaviors or ADHD symptoms:

  • 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 playthings 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 their turn, blurts out answers in class, interrupts others when they’re speaking and invades other people’s personal “space” by asking inappropriate questions. They may also have trouble keeping emotions in check and may often act out or throw temper tantrums.

Childhood ADHD: Positive Behaviors

When you think of a child with ADHD, you might 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.

Childhood ADHD: Treatment Options

Treatment of ADHD in children is most likely to be multidisciplinary and may include behavior, individual 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 and non-stimulants.
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 sidebar in the related article, ADHD: Symptoms, Causes and a Natural Treatment Alternative.

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.

ADHD in Children: Common Behaviors

Children with ADHD can be affected in three different categories of behavior or ADHD symptoms:

  • 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 playthings 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 their turn, blurts out answers in class, interrupts others when they’re speaking and invades other people’s personal “space” by asking inappropriate questions. They may also have trouble keeping emotions in check and may often act out or throw temper tantrums.

Childhood ADHD: Positive Behaviors

When you think of a child with ADHD, you might 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.

Childhood ADHD: Treatment Options

Treatment of ADHD in children is most likely to be multidisciplinary and may include behavior, individual 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 and non-stimulants.
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 sidebar in the related article, ADHD: Symptoms, Causes and a Natural Treatment Alternative.

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.

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