Medication should always be a last resort, perhaps especially so with ADHD as children do not grow out of it.
Having said this, if you wish to try the herbal or supplement route first please consult with your pharmacist to ensure there are no reasons why the supplement may not be suitable for your child.
It is very difficult to comment on the efficacy of these supplements and natural alternatives as each person responds differently to them and what works for one person may not work for another.
ADHD must be treated holistically, therefore ensuring good routines are established and followed will go some way to help your son with his impulsivity as there will be clear, consistent guidelines. Make no mistake, this is very difficult for anyone with ADHD to follow, however, knowing the expectations can make it a little easier.
A good diet, high in protein and low in carbohydrates is also important as is a good sleep routine.
As for the medications, please remember that people are more inclined to report the bad than the good - it is a hazard of being human I suppose. Medications have made the world of difference to some people.
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