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ADHD - help! Need infos.

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    ADHD - help! Need infos.

    Hi....

    My daughter has just been recently diagnosed with ADHD when I took her for a check up a few days ago. She's 4 1/2 years old. All the symptoms that I told the paedi match this category - such as fidgeting, clumsiness, easily distracted, talks excessively, can't sit/stay still, etc. But when I brought this up to her teachers at school, they said she's absolutely fine, and to them, she definitely is not an ADHD child. And according to them, usually the childern with ADHD will show the symptoms throughout the day, not only at home.

    Now I'm thinking about getting a second opinion.
    Can anybody recommend me someone who's good in detecting this illness? Does anybody have children with ADHD and care to share with me the signs and symptoms I should be looking at, and how or where to treat her?

    All your responses will be greatly appreciated.


    Worried Mommy :(

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    As long as your daughter is doing well at school you need not worry. If it's the doctors at the public mother care clinic that gave you the diagnose you have to think carefully before believing them, given the fact that the government is cutting the medical budget and 1/3 of those clinics may be closed as they are running out of patients. My daughter and her cousin were suspected of hearing problems and they both turned out fine in further testing. I've been a worried mother for 4 years until now, everything turns out fine.

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    Ollyvia

    Pls check private message

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    Hi,

    I've attended a talk about ADHD in Union Hospital 3 weeks ago. The talk was conducted by DR.Iris Lau ( specialist in paediatrics). As far as i know,child with ADHD usually shows the symptoms all day and according to the doctor,teachers at school will be the best indication. So if your child's teacher said she's fine, perhaps you need not worry too much. However if you're intrested to contact the above doctor,you could send me a private message at [email protected]. I could provide you the details.

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    Thank you everyone for your reply.

    You're right, Nicmum.... according to her teachers, they should be able to see it right away if she does suffer from ADHD, right from day one at school. Maybe I'm just being a bit too paranoid here (?).

    Have been doing some research on my own, maybe it's her diet that causes all those mood swings and behavioral ups and downs? 'Cause she can be so sweet for a few days (and she is now, at the moment) and nerve-wrecking the next. Does anybody have any idea how I should go about to find out what she's allergic of?

    Thanks again.

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    I would doubt that your daughter is 'allergic' to a specific food - if she was allergic, you would have seen physical symptoms, such as a rash, hives, or difficulty breathing. Food intolerance is a different matter - you could discuss this with your doctor. Some children react fiercly to specific food preservatives - maybe keep a food diary if this is bothering you.
    Please be aware that there is a fierce debate in the medical community about the actual extent of ADHD (or ADD) - it is asserted by many commentators that ADHD is extensively over-diagnosed. One study suggested that many children diagnosed with ADHD are actually suffering from sleep-deprivation (not hard to believe in HK, when you always see tiny children up very late at night.........).
    I would get a second opinion - and if they're not seeing the behaviour you mentoned at school, maybe it is something in her home environment that is affecting her. For example - could she be bored/lonley?
    Good Luck

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    HappyV:
    Yeah.... my daughter does have rash and runny nose that come and go every now and then. That's why now I'm more certain that maybe it's her diet (?). I should've mentioned this to her paedi, but she should know this right? And you know how fast the doctors in HK just label the children? This is why I'm thinking about getting a second opinion.
    And she still naps in the afternoon (when she doesn't have other activity after school) and goes to bed at 9, I think that's reasonable right?

    Does anybody know any good homeopath? I'm thinking about seeing one for my daughter.

    Thanks again.

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    It sounds like a food diary would be a really good first step to help you find out if it is something to do with her diet - although it still sounds like more of a food intolderance than an 'allergy' as such. Hopefully, whatever it is, she will grow out of it.
    By the way - there's a really interesting article in The Times about ADHD - have a look at www.timesonline.co.uk, in the Health section. (It was published on September 20, but it's still online.)
    There are also some very interesting articles in the archive section of the New York Times - however you need to $$ for those.

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