The American Academy of Pediatrics lists ADHD as one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood and afflicts about four to twelve percent of all school aged children. ADHD is more common to boys than girls by about three times. ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is when certain parts of the brain malfunction.
Researchers believe ADHD starts in the impulse control areas of the brain’s frontal lobe. These areas seem to be in charge of regulating the rest of the brain. Children with ADHD can encounter major functional problems like having problems in school, underachieving in academics, troubled relationships with family and peers and problems with behavior. Medications used such as Ritalin and Dexedrine are used.
Latest patch system which will distribute methylpheniddate, which is the major ingredient in some ADHD drugs, and will distribute it all day long. This is the very first drug which does not need to be taken orally.
Recent research done on the patch shows that it works just as effectively as the standard ADHD drugs. Director of clinical trails at Child Development Center at the University of California, Irvine, Sharon B. Wigal Ph.D., led one of the studies. The researchers gave the patch to 80 children with ADHD between the ages of six and twelve. Half of the children were given an inert placebo patch and then later give the real patch. When receiving the real patch, the children’s ADHD considerably improved than when they had the placebo patch. Their behavior and attention, which was tested through the day increased. They also showed improvement on aged appropriate math tests. Children in the study will continue to use the patch throughout the year.
At the University Hospitals of Cleveland, another study conducted and led by Robert. L. Findling, M.D., director of child and adolescent psychiatry and his associates. They compared the patch with placebo and along with methylpheridate pills. The patch and the pills showed improvement in six to twelve year old children’s ADHD more than the placebo. ADHD scores increased more with the patch than the pills, however, the difference was not of major proportions.
Why Have The Patch
Clinicians are allowed to establish doses to an individual patient and it allows parents more control for how long they wish the stimulated medication to last. Regardless of the fact that Dr. Wigal’s study consisted of removing the patch after nine hours, parents may chose to remove it earlier or later once they administer it themselves after the twelve hour point and it last possibly up to sixteen hours. Researchers state that it appears the patch needs to be removed for three hours before effects can wear off.
The side effects of the patch are about the same as other stimulant drugs. Included in the effects are sleep and skin reactions.
For parents that do not want to use conventional methods of treatments for ADAH, there are some alternative therapies. A few of them are listed:
Herbal formulas are used in a coefficient combination in order to nourish and balance the systems of the body. Chinese herbal preparations are usually designed for each individual. A Chinese herbal formula named Tiaoshen Liquor was used to treat children with hyperactivity. The results were favorable.
In Ayurveda medicine the belief is to balance the Vata Dosha. To achieve this certain things are done. Adjustment in the diet. Massage therapy can also be applied. Herbal formulas which should not be mixed with ADHD medications.
Doctors of chiropractic provide non invasive and non drug treatments for ADHD. They target the underneath problems not just the symptoms alone. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose the underlying part of the brain and find the correct treatments. Many of the treatments can be done at home. Currently data is being complied as to the effects of chiropractic treatment and ADHD.
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