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Old 08-24-2007, 09:28 PM
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ADHD and Mountain Dew

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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Old 08-24-2007, 09:31 PM
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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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Old 08-24-2007, 09:33 PM
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How strange! Anybody know why?
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Old 08-24-2007, 09:36 PM
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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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Old 08-24-2007, 09:49 PM
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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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Old 08-24-2007, 09:55 PM
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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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Old 08-24-2007, 10:56 PM
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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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Old 08-25-2007, 01:22 AM
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Wow! Learn something new everyday!
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Old 08-25-2007, 07:09 AM
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Old 08-25-2007, 08:08 AM
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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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