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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    When my little brother visits my step mom asks me to give him Mt. Dew if he is having trouble winding down for bed. And I'm supposed to keep caffiene free pepsi for my little sister... funny how it works. My dad can drink a whole pot of coffee right before bed and still conk out. They both have the ADD variety rather than ADHD.
     
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    I have proven this theory to be true..

    My son had "focusing" issues. i too heard about this.
    so I thought- before I take him to the doctor-- I would put it to the test.

    So i let him drink a can of mountain dew for breakfast and he took another can to school for lunch. i did not tell anyone including him what we were doing....

    Day 3 of this experiement --his teacher called me to tell me that for the last couple of days she has noticed a difference in my son and that he is actually doing well in her class.


    It was as this point I new medication could be beneficial to my son.


    Mountain dew has high levels of caffine in it-- which has an adverse effect in kids who have add & adhd...

    So to those who think your child might have add I suggest to try this to see how your child reacts to the Dew. If you see dramatic changes like I did- consult your doctor about your findings. If it makes ur child hyper then most likley your child does not suffer from add or adhd.
     
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    I have ADHSD and I religiously drink energy drinks at work. Red Bull. Rockstar. ETC.

    People think I do it for energy, but really its less expensive then meds and it keeps me calm.
     
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    for those of you who have done this in school ..did you need to ask parent permission ? or because its soda it is not something that you would need to ask before trying this ....
     
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    I was wondering the same thing dee...
     
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    I was also wondering about parent permission. I have an ADD kid, and I'd be livid if someone was "medicating" her with caffeine without my consent. If her meds aren't working, I need to know, I don't need someone else to give her another substance on top of the meds. I avoid all caffeine for my all of my kids, not only my medicated one, as a lifestyle choice, and if someone else was choosing to have my kids injest that chemical without my consent...I would not be happy.
     
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    kim thats what I was thinking ....and as a regualr education teacher I know it is NEVER my place to even bring up a conversation about medication or a form of "medication".

    I also have a special ed degree and think that this would need to be discussed with the IEP team

    I have been reading the research and I have to admitt I am really interested in whether or not this would help a few of my students who have tried meds but had an adverse effect while taking them...but I still think that the parents and a doctor should be aware becaure we as educators do not know all the information about the kids medical history :)
     
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    I'm curious about this too! As a teacher, I would never ever want to give a student anything let alone soda to "help" ADHD or anthing. :eek:
     
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    It's called a paradoxial reaction. My son has the combo type ADHD and he finds caffiene calming. Strangely, anesthesia medication sometimes causes him to get 'wired' and he can't stop moving(akathisia).

    I don't think you could find cafinated drinks for children at our school... just the teacher's lounge.
     
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    Hoooooow interesting. I've been diagnosed, but have been off meds for years. I was thinking of going back on this spring, but the doctor thought more sleep and breakfast would help. That and a $350 bill....

    I get my best ideas on the way to work while drinking Green Tea from Starbucks. I wonder if the caffeine helps me focus on my ideas and what needs to be done? There is a point about 11am that I completely crash-maybe I need to pace the caffeine throughout the day?

    I think I may just try this!! Brilliant!!
     
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    With all the nutritional rules, I'm surprised this is allowed.
     
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    I know a teacher in school who has given Mt. Dew to a few students and swears by it. She discusses it with parents beforehand and gets permission. It's seen as a "let's try this and see what happens" type of strategy.
     
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    I don't think that would fly in my community! I have so many parents who won't feed their kids artificial colors, sugar, gluten, etc. I also have soy, dairy and peanut allergies in my class and everyone is super conscious about what they feed their children in general. Most kids aren't allowed soda and most wouldn't drink coffee... too bad!

    I wonder if I could give 2 of my boys a "treat" with half a rocket chocolate? (They are caffeine filled chocolates and they sell them at 7-11.) I would do that but one of my most wild boys has the dairy allergy (no chocolate) and the other has peanuts, so the chocolate is probably processed in a plant with peanuts! TOO BAD!
     
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    What about the other kids? I know if I was a 7 year old and I saw one of my classmates getting pop everyday, I would want some.
     
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    I learned about the caffeine thing in college. I have tried it on a kid (I actually gave the whole class Mountain Dew as to not single out a kid, and boy was that an experience), and it really worked! Hmmm, wonder if I could get this to work everyday. LOL
     
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    Yeah, Caffeine is a good way to help self-medicate ADHD.

    I eat candy during my college classes to help pay attention, the sugar helps :p

    But you'd need to get parental permission before giving them caffeine as the child could be allergic to caffeine or could have a heart condition
     
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    The best way to handle ADHD children is knowledge read everything you can on the subject so you may guide the parents in their choice of how to deal with a treatment for their Child.

    If the parents are floating down "de Nile" river you still need to make your self knowledgeable on ADD and ADHD.

    I started teaching in the mid 1970s ADD was just being "introduced" as a learning disability (LD) it became "fashionable" for your child to have a LD so ADD was over diagnosed it became a quick fix for everything (and kid) in Special Ed
    Many ADHDers back then and now are really a parenting problem. REMEMBER I AM ADD so I am coming from a pro ADD mind set.
    Just watch "Nanny 911" to prove it

    I had a pediatric Doctor train me in observing for ADHD and ADD it took me weeks and about a dozen cases to get "good" at it
    it is funny I can't describe ADD as well as a Doctor "but I know it when I see it." Justice Potter Stewart (1964)
    It was also funny when a teacher "suggested" a ADD/ADHD screening they were right about 60+% of the time but when a parent wanted a screening they were right only about 40% of the time.

    Never give a student anything more than a drink of water without the parents' knowledge.

    BTW Mt Dew works with me.
    As for the power drinks My doctor told me more and more patients that drink the power drinks are coming in with heart and blood pressure problems.
     
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    It has 55 milligrams of caffeine.
     
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    Yes, I've heard of the MD thing, weird. But when my cousin was diagnossed ADD with Hyper Activity she was told to eat a bannana daily, but was not allowed to have I think it was apples. Fruits have natural sugars that I quess helped calm her a little. (some of my cousins in all honesty would be a nightmare for any teacher).
     
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    I have ADD and when I was in seventh grade I got taken off of my pills and at school I could not concentrate at all till the school called my Dad and asked him if it is ok if they try a experiment with Mtn Dew on me and he gave them permission. A day or two after the experiment started they noticed that I was quiet ,cheerful, paying attention to what was being taught and my iep teacher kept a documented report on how I behaved and how Mtn Dew helped me so they kept a box of Mtn Dew in the iep room for me and fellow ADD/ADHD kids . It helped tremendously with keeping our attention span. They kept it going for a few years and decided to see how we would react when we had no Mtn Dew at all. We could not pay attention and just could not concentrate on what was happening so they placed us back on it. I'm in 11th grade now at a different school and the iep teachers do bring in Mtn Dew for us so we keep our attention on learning especially if there was no iep teacher in the classroom.
     

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