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					If your child is diagnosed with ADHD what do you do next? This is the most common
diagnosis given to children in this country today. The AACAP (American Society of
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) estimates that among grade school children 5% of
girls and 10% of boys suffer from this disorder. The United States has roughly 5 % of
the world's population yet we consume 90% of all the Ritalin produced in it. Even
more concerning is the age of children being put on these drugs. In children under the
age of 5 prescriptions for these stimulants increased an astonishing 107% for girls and
78% for boys between 1991 and 1995. While these drugs have been shown to help
60% to 75% of children put on them people are getting very concerned about the side
effects these drugs have on their children.

The most common medications prescribed for ADHD are Ritalin and Adderall. These
drugs are known as psychostimulants. While many children taking these drugs
experience improved focus better grades in school and generally feel better about
themselves they do come with side effects. These include insomnia, weight loss,
abdominal pain, headaches and depression. In 2007 the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) issued warnings of side effects like stunted growth and
psychiatric problems. So it is not surprising that parents are looking for alternative
therapies. We have listed a few natural ways that you can treat this condition.

GET YOUR CHILD INTO A ROUTINE

Children with ADHD have a natural tendency toward chaos. They find new activities
and adventures appealing. The fact is that they are balanced by the exact opposite.
You want to create a nurturing environment for them. Creating a set time to do
homework, eat meals, exercise and go to bed each day provides them with this.

MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD HAS A HEALTHY DIET

At this time the current medical standing is that there is no link between food and
ADHD. This is stark contrast to numerous studies that suggest the opposite which
have been done over the last two decades. Many parents have reported that
hyperactivity is reduced in as little as eight weeks when they limit consumption of
sugar, foods with chemical additives and refined foods in their children's diets. They
claim their child is more focused and less disruptive when given a diet high in whole
grains and vegetables with a controlled amount of protein. In light of the current
problem with childhood obesity this choice of a more healthy diet can help with
weight control also.

NATURAL HERBS

There are a number of herbs that are known to calm the nervous system. Some of
these include St. Johns Wort, skullcap, hops, passion flower and lemon balm to name
a few. These can be taken safely as long as you remember that a child's dose should be
one forth to one half of the adult dose that is recommended by the manufacturer.

TAKE A BREAK FROM TECHNOLOGY

We all know how much time our children spend on computers, cell phones, and
watching television each day. This constant exposure to electronic stimulation does
two things. It fragments their attention span and exposes them to unhealthy levels of
EMR (electromagnetic radiation). When a child is sensitive to EMR it can cause
agitation to the nervous system. Some of the side effects from this are memory and
attention problems, sleep disorders, chronic fatigue, dizziness and headaches. It is
suggested that you limit exposure to one hour per day.

In conclusion, you need to work with your child. They need to feel loved and part of
this new routine. Suggest that he or she have a nutritional snack instead of a sugary
one. Or playtime includes the new remote control car they have instead of a computer
game. By doing this you and your child will be much happier in the long run.

				
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