Posted by: Chris | 2009-02-03



My 4 year old son displays all the symptoms of suffering from ADHD. A number of people recommended that I put him on the supplement called EYE Q. Are you familiar with the product? Would you recommend it? Any alternatives you could recommend?

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ADHD Expert

Dear Chris,
My apologies for the delay in response. Eye Q is a supplement used to boost the concentration of children with ADD, or similar attention difficulties. It is a high concentrate of omega oils which are needed for optimal brain functioning, yet are largely lacking in our diets due to quality and processing of foods. Eye Q can assist children and adults with ADD but it is not a 'cure'. Furthermore, it is unlikely to assist with the hyperactive behaviours of your son. In some cases children on Eye Q have seemed calmer but this is usually due to increased confidence which reduces the need for 'acting out' behaviour. There are a number of medications available - Ritalin and Strattera as Lilly explained, and Concerta. Each have their benefits and side effects, and unfortunately it is impossible to say which is the best one as every person will react differently. There are other products similar to Eye Q such as Biostrath and ADDvance which all claim to improve symptoms of ADD. To add to the list of options available, some children have benefited from programmes such as Dore, ILT and Cognitive Behavioural Techniques. Some children respond very well with a strict routine and participating in a variety of sports. I fear I may have provided more questions than answers here - I would suggest sitting with the medical practitioner who diagnosed your son and discuss the different treatments available from medication to alternative treatments. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.
Kind regards,

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Posted by: Lilly | 2009-03-03

It will be nice if you could let us know what happend after all that' s been said Eye Q. Please.

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Posted by: Lilly | 2009-02-17

Hey. I' m glad it' s what you were looking for. Unfortunetely you do need a prescription and gaining one means that you have to see a pediatrician and your child has to go for a full evaluation - it' s actually the same as any ADHD diagnosis. Then you' ll get your prescription, it sounds like a long process, but it all hapens in 5 hours time. It' s just to make sure your child doesn' t have another disorder. My son is going in for a re-evaluation, because there' s a possiblilty that he has Tourette Sindrome aswell. Look it up, maybe it can also help. All the best, feel free to ask anything else, seeing that our Expert is having dificulty replying. I also need to warn you - Strattera is very expensive, but your childs well being is worth it!

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Posted by: Chris | 2009-02-16

Thank you, thank you, thank you. This was the type of response I was hoping for. I breaks my heart to see my little one spending most of his day on the ' time out chair'  because of his hyperactivity. Will try Strattera immediately. And send him to a different creche! Can I buy this over the counter of do I need a doctor' s perscription?

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Posted by: Lilly | 2009-02-12

Good day Chris. My son was born with ADHD and only diagnosed at the age of 4. I was given an option between 3 medications one of which was Ritalin. Now, I don' t believe in Ritalin, heard to many negativities and the option only worked for twelve hours. At the end of the day I chose to use Strattera for my son. They give the dose according to the childs weight - so overdosing is never possible. It' s the most expensive but believe me, it' s worth it. When he first went to Nursery, he was a bit behind the other kids. But since he' s on Strattera, his full potential developed and today he carry' s the honour of being the top student. He' s in Grade R now, and he' s doing wonderful, seeing that his brain is fully functioning and finally had to concentrate on things. Try it... you won' t regret it!

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