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Old 04-06-2005, 07:42 AM   #46
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and I don't want to fight about this here, if that's going to happen let's start a new ritalin thread and spare Sherry's thread
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I'm not going to fight. You asked my opinion and I gave it.
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Old 04-06-2005, 04:35 PM   #48
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I think it is OVER prescribed esp. to BOYS.

That said, I also agree with Martha that there are cases in which the child needs it.

It really needs to be done with the proper people involved in the decision making process.

I get really pissed when I am having NO management problems with a child in school, and they come in sluggish for a few days at which point I call home and find out that the child has been put on a drug because the parents cannot control their child at home.
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I was very hesitant to use any drug for ADHD, but after over a year of experimenting with small doses (My doctor wanted me to control the situation and I erred towards less) my daughter got the proper dose (by an neurologist). This school year, her social life has changed tremendously and I am thankful that she now has friends.
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at which point I call home and find out that the child has been put on a drug
This is such a pain. To find out the kid has been medicated and the parents don't tell the teacher!

They don't tell the person who is in charge of the child for six hours.


"Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you. We put Johnny on [stimulants, anti-depressants, Lithium, you-name-it] and we didn't tell you. In case he has a serious reaction to his meds, you won't know that he's on meds and will have no idea that it's a medical emergency."


DUH.
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Quick question, might seem kind of strange.

Do you guys have stocks of epinephrine pens (needles) in your class?

There was a seminar done recently where an American Immunologist said that some counties have a rule that every child who carries an epi pen must have a double in the classroom and the teacher additionally has to have a number of extras present.

I ask because like Ritalin, this is one of those hotly debated "are we overreacting" topics in pediatric medicine today.
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I used to have a perscription for ritalin. I don't think it really did anything for me. Although I had a friend who was turned into a complete geek since he took it.
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This is such a pain. To find out the kid has been medicated and the parents don't tell the teacher!

They don't tell the person who is in charge of the child for six hours.


"Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you. We put Johnny on [stimulants, anti-depressants, Lithium, you-name-it] and we didn't tell you. In case he has a serious reaction to his meds, you won't know that he's on meds and will have no idea that it's a medical emergency."


DUH.
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Looping really helped me figure stuff like this out QUICKLY this year.

It also helped me in the opposite direction as well.....knowing really quickly that what we did last year, the kid stopped over the summer...
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Quick question, might seem kind of strange.

Do you guys have stocks of epinephrine pens (needles) in your class?

There was a seminar done recently where an American Immunologist said that some counties have a rule that every child who carries an epi pen must have a double in the classroom and the teacher additionally has to have a number of extras present.

I ask because like Ritalin, this is one of those hotly debated "are we overreacting" topics in pediatric medicine today.
Not in my class....

The Nurses office, with two nurses at any time is a walkie talkie call away.
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Ani....

I am not sure I agree with the overdiagnosed for the epi pens....
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What,s your opinion of uniforms in public schools? Would it make the learning environment better for you?
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What,s your opinion of uniforms in public schools? Would it make the learning environment better for you?
sometimes I feel like it is a good idea...and others I do not.....
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Ani....

I am not sure I agree with the overdiagnosed for the epi pens....
I am not sure either, to be honest with you.

Certainly, peanut allergy is through the roof. It has become an epidemic.

The question that is being debated is whether all the children who are diagnosed with a peanut allergy and subsequently given epi pens have anaphylaxis. It's an interesting question.

Generally, pediatric (and adult) allergies are absolutely mind-boggling in the first world today.
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I was presented with a choice when I was 12, to take medication to improve attention span etc or not. I decided not too and my mind caught up on it's own, I think that there are situations where such drugs are neccesary but I also think that often there is overmedication for "problems" that may be the way a childs mind matures.
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This is a very old thread, i know....but i stumbled across it as i was seraching for ADHD threads!
You see......just recently my little boy who will be starting kindy next year may have ADHD, i realise we need to get him assessed properly.....we kinda know deep down,think he has ADHD,the daycare has sort of touched on the subject before but i fobbed it off thinking they were over reacting, after all he was only 4yrs old at the time and what kid at his age listens when he is spoken too!
But to make it even more worrying is the fact that many teachers believe that ADHD does not exist, some say it's not real and that it is only a term used for mis-behaving kids....see that's the thing.....My son is'nt the naughty type, he is active but not extremely exhaustive! He will be turning 5 shortly and i'm wondering from a teacher's perspective is medication the way to go, do the children on medication perform better at school?
We will be seeing the GP this week for a referall.
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