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10-11-2008, 01:34 PM
was just diagnosed with asthma and possible ADHD. WE are still a bit shocked but learning a bit how to do this.
10-11-2008, 02:22 PM
My step son was diagnosed ADHD when he was in elementary school. It was more or less his teacher's opinion. She insisted that we send him to the local children's hospital for testing.
The "specialist" spent barely an hour with him and agreed ADHD.
We argued that he was anitHyper. The child was a slug. How the heck could you call him ADHD?
We insisted on another opinion. Yes there was something wrong but putting that child on medication to "calm" him down wasn't right.
He did see another specialist who spent a week with him. Once every day for 4 hours.
Finally we got an answer that hit the nail on the head. NVLD = Non verbal learning disorder.
We were given gobs of information and things to do with him to help build his understanding and ability to function.
I am wondering why you said you were "shocked" ... makes me think of our reaction. It just didn't fit with my step son's personality.
How do you feel about the diagnosis?
10-11-2008, 10:35 PM
SITC I am glad that you did not just accept that diagnosis. They are putting too many kids out there on these drugs and alot of them dont even need it. My godbrother was diagnosed with it and his mom allowed him to take the drugs. She noticed a drastic change in his personality so she finally took him off them. Now he is just getting some tutoring from Sylvan and it is doing wonders for him. I think you should make absolute sure that your child needs these med before giving it to them. If you dont feel right about it do as SITC did and get that second opinion and if possible look for another solution before starting meds. They do help some kids put why take a drug that you do not need.
10-11-2008, 10:46 PM
I should clarify..we are in shock about the asthma. Never saw it coming. He has had the same cold that everyone got earlier. They all got well he didnt. We thought maybe pneumonia but asthma never entered our minds. He is a pretty sick little boy,
WE have noticed an increase in some behaviors we have been monitoring for quite awhile. I will not put my son on any medication at this time. If anything we'll look into some sort of natural treatments.
10-12-2008, 02:00 AM
Sorry for the misunderstanding Noodlemom,
Guess I didn't realize how irritated I still am from our experiance with "specialists" but I am thankful we found one who actually took time with my step son to figure out what is actually going on.
I completely jumped to the conclusion that it was the ADHD you where upset about and I appologize for that.
How is your son feeling?
Were you talking about the natural remedies for the ADHD or the asthma or both?
10-12-2008, 07:03 AM
dont worry about it sits. Not a problem
I would be angry too if I felt that I wasnt being listened to. After these are our children. I am so glad that you were able to find a doc to really listen and get to know your stepson. He is a lucky boy to have you in his life.
Putting kids on drugs just to make life easier for those around him is way to prevalent. I would like to know if there are any natural treatments for ADHD. I would not at all mess around with asthma. That can be life or death. ADHD while disturbing for him is not going to kill my son. We havent even addressed it fully yet with his doc. He was in a bad way with the asthma. We will talk next week about it when we go back Im sure.
So natural remedies for ADHD
10-12-2008, 08:10 AM
I believe there have been some studies done on simple diet changes and possible common chemicals (i.e. food colouring) that are recommended to be avoided.
I am posting a site that talks about that.
I have worked with many children over the years that have had ADHD. There is a behavior program called 1 2 3 Magic. I've always found this to be a non confrontational way of dealing with all levels of behavior issues.
I've been tempted to use it on my husband from time to time, but I think he would just give me "the look"...he's on to me lol.
Is a site that you can read abit more about it. The local library here has several copies of the DVD that you can borrow out. It is very simplistic method and easy to use.
It can be used for all levels of behavior from very sever to moderate and mild. It's the same method for all and it's focus is on the child making choises and understanding the results of their own behavior.
I used it with my stepson as he has trouble understanding logic and has trouble anticipating the effects of his behavior. This method gave him clear cut bounderies that he could function in.
Hope this is helpful to you.
10-12-2008, 08:22 AM
My oldest son had adhd (now 15, no meds).He was hiper, hardly slept, up early. Took him to specialist who was top in his class and he agreed. He had us wait in waiting room 2hrs (was annoyed, but later told they do it to observe), then long talk for 1hr. He also agreed schools jump to quickly on adhd dx. Said meds are to help concentrate, not to help behave. Told us if a childs grades are good, then no need for meds. To keep that in mind when a teacher says they need meds. My son was failing, couldn't sit without shaking legs and squirming.
I looked up home remedies, fish oil and flaxseed oil capsuls daily focuses the brain waves. Did help my son, but he complained of fish tasting burps. Poor thing, so we opted for the meds. Not everyone has that problem with the burps. Good thing is good for brain because of omega 3's.
As for the asthma, he could be fidgeting and not concentrating in school because of the asthma. It may not be adhd. How's his grades? Once the asthma is under control he should have no problems in school. God bless him and may the asthma be helped so he can be a happy boy.
10-12-2008, 09:44 AM
I've raised two girls with chronic asthma. One "grew out" of it, and rarely has a breathing problem now. The other one has continued to have severe asthma as an adult.
Perhaps some of the ADHD problems might stem from the asthma. Kayla had so many problems with stuff running down the back of her throat at night, it started to affect her esophagus, giving her a very bad case of GERD. She told me that she always had a terrible time sleeping at night, so she was usually lethargic in shool during the day. Sometimes her asthma meds made her either more sleepy or hyper during the day. She was my problem child of the five. She was so angry about her medical problems (she also has only one working kidney), so she didn't always listen to her docs, and she often took out her anger on me.
Kayla now has a little boy of her own, and he's been diagnosed with asthma too. She now understands how important it is to take her meds correctly, as she has to make sure that Kyle takes his. (Kyle is also an extremely energetic child!!)
I know that it is very rough to deal with all of this with a young child. Find a really great pediatric pulmunologist and share with him all of your concerns about your child's behavior and his medications. Also, work with your school nurse to make sure that he can carry his inhaler in class and that his teacher understands when he needs to use it. I went through lots of arguments with teachers for my girls, and I see it a lot now as a teacher myself.
10-12-2008, 02:28 PM
Thank you for all the info guys.
That the ADHD could actually be a symptom of the asthma is interesting. He has had allergies for about four years and has that gunk in his throat. He has been complaining of a belly ache in the past few months. Just found out he has reflux and was put on the same med as what I take for GERD.
I saved the links to show my HubbyMan and will also show him ya'lls posts for that info.
If getting his asthma under control will help with the ADHD question I will be a happy camper.
10-12-2008, 05:47 PM
I wish you and your family the best results. You all certainly have your plates full.
Keep us posted :)