ADHD Parenting: When Relatives Indulge Your Child

July 29, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

One of the most difficult parts about natural ADHD treatments – besides figuring out which ones work best for your child – is the support or lack thereof of the people around you.  An ADHD treatment program is only as successful as the people who reinforce it, and there are many times when people allow your child to break the rules you’ve set for him or her.  One such problem is the issue of relatives and grandparents who slip the occasional cookie or forbidden food to a child on an ADHD diet.  Here’s what you can do when this happens.


ADHD and Allergies: Avoid Those Allergy Triggers

July 21, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Lack of focus, forgetfulness, and hyperactive behavior – children with ADHD put up with a lot of symptoms and discomfort.  But these aren’t the only problems they have to deal with. Research shows that kids with ADHD are also more likely to experience allergies than kids without.  There is no easy explanation for why this happens but we do know that certain allergies, such as an intolerance to artificial food additives, can make the disorder worse for some kids.  Although many allergens cannot be controlled (e.g. high pollen count), it is possible to avoid triggers that aggravate ADHD symptoms.


ADHD Diet Tip: Add Quinoa to Meals

July 15, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

You’re probably familiar about the role of diet in causing and preventing ADHD, especially among children.  Certain foods can trigger hyperactivity or aggravate inattention because they contain substances or chemicals that have an adverse affect on the brain. Most ADHD diets revolve around eliminating such foods, but preparing dinner with alternative ingredients can be time-consuming, especially if the parent already has a busy schedule. It seems tempting to reach for that box of instant macaroni and cheese; in just five minutes, a meal is made. Never mind that it’s chock-full of artificial additives and has an abnormally orange glow; at least the kids are eating something!


Teaching Tact to Kids with ADHD

July 7, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

If there is one ADHD symptom that creates awkward social situations and hurt feelings, it has to be the lack of tact. It’s normal for children of all ages to say what’s on their mind, but those with ADHD are even more likely to have no sense of control over their speech. Regardless of whether or not your child was speaking the truth (and chances are, he or she is probably right), every parent needs to deflect these inappropriate statements. Once the words have been said, someone is bound to get offended and you, the parent, might feel helpless or embarrassed.

Why 4-Year Olds Don’t Need the ADHD Diagnosis

July 6, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Once again, ADHD is a hot topic in the news.  Last October, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference took place in Boston, and unveiled a surprising new set of guidelines for diagnosing and treating ADHD.  There were a number of changes, but the one that sparked a bit of controversy is that the AAP now permits the ADHD diagnosis among children as young as 4 and as old as 18. While there is nothing wrong with extending the age limit upward, the new recommendation to diagnose down to age 4 is very disturbing, especially with news reports saying that more children 6 years old or younger are now being prescribed strong stimulants to manage their behavior.


ADHD Diagnosis: When to Get a Second Opinion

July 1, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

A medical diagnosis should never view the disorder in terms of black and white, especially with a condition as complex as ADHD.  What I mean by this is that the ADHD diagnosis should not be made after checking a list of symptoms, because there are many similar disorders that are characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, or impulsivity.  Additionally, there are hundreds possible reasons behind your child’s behavior, and if these causes are not treated properly, your child’s problems will continue to persist. A wrong diagnosis is just as harmful as no diagnosis at all. Not only is your child not getting the help needed, but he or she is being treated for a condition that isn’t there and needlessly suffering the side effects of this treatment.

So when should you get a second opinion? Here are a few instances.