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The lowdown on ADHD

12th Sep 19

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can be an overwhelming discovery. On 14 September every year, this national day aims to raise awareness and share information. Has your child been diagnosed with ADHD? Here are four key questions to ask your doctor:

  1. What medication can I give him? Your doctor will most likely prescribe medication that increases your child’s attention span and can help keep his hyperactivity and impulsiveness under control. Be sure to ask about the side-effects.
  2. Would counselling help? Research shows that a combination of medication and counselling often help people with ADHD. Initiatives like the Goldilocks and The Bear Foundation offer early intervention services in some disadvantaged communities. 
  3. Should I enrol my child in a mainstream school? Some children cope well in these schools, while others fare better in schools that cater to their specific needs. There are many factors to take into account, so don’t be afraid to ask the experts.
  4. Should I change his diet? The whole family should eat a balanced diet containing things like wholewheat bread, brown rice, dry beans, fruit, veggies, fish and eggs. Speak to your paediatrician before changing your shopping list.

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