Posted by: Lizelle | 2008/01/10



My son turned 5 on Saturday, 5 January 2008. He's been going to creche since he was 4 months old. I was previously told by the chreche that he was a very busy child and when he was about 2 years old I was asked to consider putting him on rescue remedy to calm him down. At that stage he was still in the "baby section", so I asked them to move him to the next class with the rest of the bigger children. Let me explain why he was still in the "baby section" at that stage. Because his birthday is so early in the year, he is currently in the 4 - 5 year class although he is already 5 (they told me that if his birthday was in December, then he would be in the 5 - 6 year class) but because his birthday is in January of the new year, he must be in the 4 - 5 year class and that is also how it works in school, so he will always be with children a year younger than him. I was told yesterday afternoon by one of the teachers that he is now getting too much. He is not naughty but that he just cannot sit still and do his work and must consider putting him on Calmolin ADD just to calm him down to concentrate on his work. The principal told me that she asked the pharmacist for something for her son and this was what he advised and her son is on it and it works wonders. I know my son is a very busy child, but should I consider putting him on this?

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Do not give your child any medicines even if thy are claimed to be herbal without good reason. Your son is still very young and it is difficult to label him as having ADD now.If you are concerned about him give him plenty of Omega 3 and Omega 6 supplements and if his problem persists ask your paediatrician for an opinion.

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Posted by: Anon | 2013/05/03

My kids used Calmolin, eldest is 16. Works well, don't know where to get it anymore. The eldest does very well at school and it helps him to concentrate, we don't force him to take it, he asks for it. On the label it just looks like a multi-vitamin.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2013/03/26

My child has been on ritalin for three months and i dont see any difference in his behaviour at all. He strangled another girl at school and the principle called me to pic him up from school and get help for him before i sent him back to school. I need to try something else ASAP.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2013/03/17

Calmolin in is not a drug and it has,the most amazing effect on calming the child . The only problem is that is no longer available and I cannot find the reason why. I jus twist someone could tell,me.

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Posted by: Another mom | 2008/01/10

Hi there

I have a son who has ADHD. Although everybody always told me he is very busy - I thought he was just normal and a boy. Please dont accept the teachers diagnoses - although she may very well be right. Have him assessed by a paeditrician who specializes in ADD/ADHD. If he is - he is losing a tremendous amount of learning. He is very young stil and may just be normal - but trust NO ONE ELSE. We only had him diagnosed at the end of his pre-primary year. He is now 7.7m behind in development (eventhough his IQ tested above average) and cannot go to a mainstream school. He is now going to a private bridging school that specialises in kids with learning problems and ADHD. He is on Ritalin and I must tell you the difference is miraculous. You will get flak no matter what you do. The anti ADHD/RITALIN camp will tell you you are drugging your child, the teacher will hate you if you dont. The natural/vitamin/diet products did not help.

Good luck

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