ADHD and Mountain Dew

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  1. repete8

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    OK, heard something today and I cannot figure out how in the world this works--giving Mountain Dew to a child with ADHD. Anyone heard of this?
     
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    I have a good friend that has a Mountain Dew club each morning. She gives two or three mildly ADHD and ADD children a small (about 6 ounces) cup. She has been doing it for years and swears by it.
     
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    How strange! Anybody know why?
     
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    Well not sure why anyone would do that, moutain dew and my ADHD kid only gets him to run around like a crazy person for a few hours!

    Very strange, I would like to know why too
     
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    I have heard something similar...except with coffee. My husband had a classmate with severe adhd and the parents refused meds, so one of their teachers would give him a cup of coffee every morning and it helped him focus. The caffeine is what chemically balances the adhd. I was just telling my partner teacher this at summer school the other day. I can't imagine Mountain Dew doing the trick because of all the sugar but maybe. I thought that's why coffee was more commonly used. My husband told me once why it worked, but he's not here right now to remind me, so that's all I've got for you at the moment. :)
     
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    It is the way their systems react to the caffiene. (My daughter is ADHD) Caffiene is a stimulant (as is ritalin, only stronger). In general, stimulants have the opposite effects on ADHD kids that they have on others. Instead of wiring them up, it calms them down and helps them focus. My daughter would climb the walls without her ritalin, but was bright, cheerful, and more normal with it. From the time she was about two, my mother would give her sips of coffee when she would visit her Maumaw. I swear to you, Kati could drink several cups of coffee and, as long as her bladder didn't call her to action, she could immediately go so sleep! I don't understand it myself, but I do know it works.
     
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    I also swear by this.

    My DD is ADHD and I usually give her Mountain Dew when we get fastfood.

    For some reason, it drops her energy level. Once it even knocked her out; she fell asleep during a movie.

    I never giver her too much though.

    I don't know why it works, but I've tried it on a two hyper PreK students a few years back. These kids never slept during naptime, and even a little cup (4 oz? the small cups you get samples in at grocery stores) knocked them right out.

    I don't know why it works, but sometimes I'm glad it does.
     
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    Wow! Learn something new everyday!:p
     
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    My wife was an aide in my school years ago and had to sub in
    a class with one of our well known hyper kids. He was driving her
    bonkers and she sent to the office for a Dr Pepper (from the machine
    in the lounge) Gave him some in a cup and swears he calmed way
    down. Stimulants (caffeine) are supposed to have the opposite affect on ADHD, right?
     
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    what exactly is that
     
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    Scooby -- What info are you not understanding in this post...?
     
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    I need to get a gallon of this & pass it out in my room this year lol! I have 6 kids who have been diagnosed ADHD (several more who probably are, but haven't been diagnosed).
     
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    Wow, this is interesting info. Thanks.
     
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    Do you think MT. Dew comes in IV form?? JK!!
     
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    I'm bipolar and I'm taking the same meds ADHD people take to calm them, but for me it is to stimulate me. I also can't take it after a certain time and I have to take less when I'm getting manic. It is interesting!!
     
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    You all do know that most ADHD meds are basically stimulants, right? Mt. Dew does have caffiene, unlike most non-cola soft drinks.

    In theory, iced tea, cocoa, GU packets, and No-Doze would all work. You might get in trouble for the last one, however.

    I have ADHD. What's cool is when I wash down my Adderall with black coffee, it seems to work better.
     
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    Sarge, My son takes Adderall and I was wondering if you take it for hyperactivity or attention problems?
     
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    I take Adderall for focus but it works different with Bipolar. Sometimes it gets me a little too speeded up so I have to watch it. I take double dose in the morning and a single dose early afternoon. If I miss my window, too bad because I can't take it. I think for most ADHD people, it would be to calm them down instead.
     
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    In the ADD or ADHD brain the areas that control focus and impulse fall asleep the Adderall, Ritalin and Caffeine wakes them up.

    I take my Adderall Daily and if I forget I drink Mountain Dew it helps
     

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