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  1. ADHD, Food Dyes, and Additives

    Are you thinking about cutting dyes and other additives from your child’s diet to try to improve ADHD symptoms? It can be a challenge. Will it work? Will your child even eat the foods that are part of his new diet? Before you give it a try, you should know a few things about the link between food co

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  2. How to Recognize ADHD Symptoms at Every Age

    Think your child may have ADHD? Think you might? Symptoms vary, and no two people are alike. Only an expert can say for sure. But there are clues at every age. There are three types of ADHD: Hyperactive-impulsive Inattentive A combination of both Each has different symptoms, and they can change with

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  3. 7 Brain Foods for Kids

    As fast as children whiz from classroom to activity to home and back again, their brains are just as rapidly growing and changing. The foods they eat are important. "These years are critical for brain development, and what they eat affects focus and cognitive skills," says psychiatrist Drew Ramsey,

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  4. Can ADHD Be a Gift?

    Kids with ADHD have "gifts" -- and by helping them develop these gifts, parents can give their children more control over problem behaviors, a child psychologist argues in her popular book. In The Gift of ADHD, child psychologist Lara Honos-Webb, PhD, tells parents not to focus on words like "defici

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  5. ADHD Drug Holidays: Should Your Kid Take One?

    Are you thinking about giving your child weekends off or even a summer-long break from his ADHD medications? It may work just fine. Your child may regain his appetite and catch up on his growth. (Some ADHD drugs may slow this.) Then again, a medication vacation may unleash the very behaviors that ha

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  6. ADHD Medications and Scary Side Effects

    Elaine Taylor-Klaus's daughter developed facial tics not long after starting medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The tics came on suddenly while she was performing in a school play and were noticeable even from the back of the auditorium, where her mother was watching. T

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  7. How to Work With Your ADHD Child's School

    You may not be in the classroom when your child acts up or tunes out, but you can still help. A good relationship with your child's teacher, along with planning and practice at home, can turn around behavior problems at school. Your kid will be a lot happier, and so will you and his teacher. If your

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  8. 8 Tips for Talking With Your Child About ADHD

    If your child has ADHD, it’s important to talk with him about it. "It's never too early to start talking with your child about his ADHD," says Patricia Collins, PhD, director of the Psychoeducational Clinic at North Carolina State University. You want them to be involved, to understand, and to be on

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  9. ADHD in Preschool Kids

    How early is too early to tell if your toddler or preschooler might have ADHD? Most children aren’t checked for ADHD until they’re school age, but kids as young as 4 can be diagnosed, according to guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). At that age, many kids are active and impul

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  10. Disciplining a Child With ADHD

    If your child has ADHD, should you discipline him in a different way than with your other children? The answer might surprise you. "ADHD is a challenge, not necessarily an excuse for kids," says Steven L. Pastyrnak, PhD, of the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Michigan. Still, you might need to be

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