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ADD Symptoms in Children

Courtesy of Gregg Westfall

In this article we are going to look at what ADD stands for, ADD symptoms in children and what kinds of ADD treatment is available.

What Does ADD Stand For?

ADD stands for Attention Deficit Disorder and is now more commonly known as ADHD, which stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is fast becoming one of the most commonly diagnosed behavioural disorders in children and young people and it often can persist into adulthood.

 

ADD Symptoms

Before I get into listing ADD symptoms I would like to tell you that there is an online test you can take on behalf of your child, based upon the DSM-5 criteria and other screening measures for ADD/ADHD reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D at:

http://psychcentral.com/quizzes/child-adhd-quiz.htm

According to psychcentral.com  the symptoms of ADD/ADHD can be categorised into 3 sets of behavioural issues. These categories are:

Feb
01

Signs Of Allergies In Children

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Allergies In Children - Signs To Look Out For

Some signs of allergies in children can be quite obvious but sometimes you need to really look for them. I have written this post to help make it easier for you to identify these signs of allergies in your child.

 

Dr Doris Rapp says that we should look for:

  • Red earlobes or cheeks
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Wrinkles under the eyes
  • Puffy bags under the eyes
  • Glassy, glazed eyes
  • Nose rubbing or nose crease across the centre of the nose from always pushing it upwards

 

The Allergy Kit

Then look for a child who:

  • Has allergic relatives
  • Acts like “Dr Jeckill and Mr Hyde”
  • Earns “A’s” ond day and “F’s” the next
  • Cannot write, draw or do maths at times
  • Has poor school grades in relation to I.Q
  • Craves certain foods or odours
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Nov
24

Common Allergies In Children

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Allergies In Children - What Are The Most Common?Today I wanted to take a look at some of the most common allergies in children, as well as allergy related conditions;  their symptoms and the culprits that are most likely to trigger them.

As I have said before, allergies are on the increase.  NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) say that there is a 500% rise in hospital admissions of children due to food allergies in the past 20 years (NICE).

Let’s take a look at some of the more common allergens for children. They are:

  1. Foods
  2. Pollens
  3. Dust
  4. Dust mites
  5. Animal dander (skin, saliva and urine on hair or fur)
  6. Feathers
  7. Cosmetics
  8. Moulds/molds
  9. Chemicals used for cleaning, air fresheners and chemicals on clothes and furniture
  10. Medicines (especially penicillin)
  11. Vaccines
  12. Venom from insect stings

 
The Allergy Kit

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Allergies In ChildrenAllergies in children are on the increase!

According to AAIR Charity the UK has the highest prevalance of allergies in Europe and ranks highest in the world! It says that potential fatal peanut allergies now affect one child in 70!

Why Do We Put Up With Them?

In my daughter’s class of 6 year olds there are 4 children who have inhalers for asthma. There are some children who constantly have coughs and colds. Then there are others who suffer with hay fever or behavioural problems. More still can’t eat wheat or dairy or peanuts or sugar or eggs…….etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

I want to understand why parents have accepted this as a way of life for their children. Have they been told that nothing can be done apart from taking medicine or avoiding the allergens? After all there is no way to get rid of allergies right? WRONG!

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