... sleep a wink last nite. Is this common? She is 7
Yes, this is common. Adderall is a central nervous system stimulant ("speed") but it acts a bit differently for ADHD children-it stimulates the part of their brain that helps them shut out useless info. ADHD children often seem not to focus, when in reality, they are hyper focused-every bit of sensory information that comes into their brain, the brain tries to process it all until they just reach overload. They are not able to block out things like the feel of the air on their skin or small movements and motions around them, the feel of their clothes on their skin, and what everyone else in the school room is doing, etc! This makes them very distracted trying to process all this info so the medicine helps stimulate the area of the brain that helps them block that extraneous information. A lot of times, kids will get more tolerant of it in time and they wont feel so wide awake at night but some kids need help to sleep. My older son did just fine sleeping on his ADHD meds, my younger son, however, had to take clonidine to help him sleep. You can also try Benedryl as long as she doesnt get a paradoxical reaction (stimulating her further rather than making her sleepy-this happens to some kids with Benedryl) If it continues to be a problem, her parent or guardian (if that is you) needs to speak to the Dr about something to help her sleep. Clonidine was good for my son because it was effective-he was out like a light in 30-60 minutes, he never got tolerant on it so it worked year after year, and it is not habit forming. It is actually a blood pressure medication with a sedating side effect. To lower blood pressure with this medication, it has to be taken several times a day but with ADHD kids, they only take a dose at bedtime so it doesnt lower their blood pressure. There are a few other meds out there that will help children sleep better on ADHD medications-clonidine just happens to be the one I am most familiar with because my son used it. Another thing you will notice with ADHD meds is loss of appetite. It can be a bit of a struggle to keep weight on these children. My sons best meal was breakfast, before they took their dose, I would fill them up with a hearty breakfast because at lunch they ate very little and for dinner, it was hit and miss-sometimes their appetite was very good and others not so much so you may notice her appetite slowing up and she may even lose some weight. My youngest was already a tiny little mite and I had to fight hard to keep weight on him. In addition to a hearty breakfast, I kept high protein Ensure in the fridge for a snack or for a drink to accompany a snack. He liked the Walmart Equate brand chocolate the best, followed by the strawberry. He would drink the vanilla but he didnt like it as well as the other two. He liked the Equate better then the brand name Ensure! These shakes have all the nutrients to make a meal so I used to give the school nurse a 6-pack and if he didnt feel like eating or if he was feeling hungry, he could go to the nurse and get a shake. I also made sure he had one before bedtime as a snack (sometimes with a cookie or dessert) I got the high protein ones so that he got an increased amount of protein (important for good muscle growth rather than fat). If need to talk, I have pretty good experience with ADD/ADHD since both my kids had it and I have a medical background and I would be more than happy to talk to you about the things I learned over the years of dealing with this issue.
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