Possible Link Between Prenatal Caffeine and ADHD

Danish researchers found a significant trend associating increasing levels of coffee consumption during pregnancy and the risk of having children with a behavioral profile that fits ADHD. The strongest correlation was between caffeine consumption at 15 weeks gestation, suggesting a developmental window when fetal brains may be more sensitive to the effects of caffeine. More…

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Being Younger than Classmates Increases ADHD Diagnoses

In a Finish population-level study, the youngest classmates in early elementary school were more likely to receive a diagnoses of ADHD until 10 years of age. Confounders such as learning disorders did not affect the finding. Ellen G White, an early health reformer wrote, "It is customary to send very young children to school.... This…

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Sleep Can Improve ADHD Symptoms

A randomized Australian trial of 250 children with ADHD, most taking stimulants, and all experiencing moderate-to-severe sleep problems found a behavioral sleep intervention program resulted in significantly better improvements in parent-reported ADHD symptoms than the usual care group. Sleep problems, behavior, memory, and quality of life were all improved. Families were educated on normal sleep, sleep cycles,…

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Parenting Skills Important in ADHD

Interventions for pre-school children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) vary widely, and frequently include medications. A systematic review of the literature found training the parents actually topped medication and other interventions. Parent behavior training consistently resulted in better outcomes than treatment with medication. Limitations of this analysis included small sample sizes and reliance on parental…

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Late Bedtimes in Very Young Can Have Long Lasting Consequences

Children who do not get early, adequate sleep before the age of 4 are more likely to develop ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder). A study of 6868 preschool children from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort has found that early, regular bedtimes is a strong predictor of normal development.  Lack of regular sleep in this age group…

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Children with ADHD Often Have other Disorders

Data from the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health of kids between 6 and 17 years with parent-reported diagnosis of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) reveals they were far more likely than children without ADHD to have other disorders such as learning disabilities, behavior disorders and depression. Only one-third of those with ADHD had no other cormorbidities.…

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Early Childhood Sleep Deprivation May Lead to ADHD

The report from the Kaiser Family Foundation goes on to discuss other issues related to the media and sleep:“Sleep problems in middle childhood tend to be persistent. This fact raises the question as to what, if any, are the long-term effects of media use on children’s sleep. It may be, for example, that there is…

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Tell Me More about ADHD

What exactly is ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)?In a previous blog we discussed ADD; many of the features from ADD overlap into ADHD. Someone with ADHD may have some or all of the following symptoms:

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Stimulants and Youth: A Sobering Association

There have been increasing concerns in recent years that stimulant drugs commonly given for ADHD may be associated with an increased risk of sudden, unexplained death in young people. In a new retrospective, case-controlled study researchers have reported the probability that those using the most commonly prescribed stimulant (methylphenidate) was 7.4 compared to those who were not.…

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