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Do you think it's OK to have kids as young as 5 years old on medications that are suppose to 'relax' them because the are hyper or have been diagnosed with ADHD? I have first hand knowledge about what this drug in particular does to kids and it's terrible! I don't think for one, that kids as young as 5 years old should be put on medication to calm them, aren't 5 year olds suppose to be somewhat hyper and energetic? I've also heard of deaths caused by this medication and yet they still prescribe it and people still think it's perfectly safe to put their kids on it, because the "doctor says so."
Do you see the point I'm trying to make? Most here agree that it could be something as simple as changing the childs diet- which I've read and believe as well-that can help the child. Or even a certain lifestyle change at home or in school. Aslo, I find that most of the kids that do get medicated are around the same age. Coincidence? Kids go through some pretty alarming phases that can ultimately take a toll on parents with little patience..who by word of mouth or by instinct alone resort to the medical field for answers, when really the answers lie right there in front of their noses..right at home.
One thing too, to point out, is that "most" doctors prescribe those medications in conjunction with therapy. So really, which one was it that helped? Also, the therapist will have the parents/teachers/role models change many lifestyles/ways even diet in that child. So after all these changes to include medication, which change brought on the *change* of the child? It's impossible to know, but most doctors will say it was all or mainly the medication..