...Caffeine is a widely available product, found in everything from beverages to chewing gum...
...According to the Myomancy website, several studies have been done on the use of caffeine. On studies with non-ADHD children, caffeine had little effect, but children diagnosed with ADHD who consumed two cups of coffee per day showed improvement. A 1981 study showed that small doses of caffeine were as equally as effective as 10 milligrams of methylphenidate, a common ADHD medication....
...A safe level of caffeine consumption is 400 milligrams daily for an adult male, 300 milligrams for an adult female, and for a child, 2.5 milligrams per kilogram. Caffeine affects each person differently though, and each person will need to monitor their consumption and side effects.
...The effect of caffeine starts within 15 minutes of its consumption with peak maximum effort at 45 minutes, with an average duration of action of 4 to 6 hrs...
At a dose of 150-250mg there is an -
Increased sense of wellbeing
Increased motor activity
Even after sustained intellectual efforts clear thinking predominates
Caffeine is well absorbed from by the stomach and intestine, and peak blood levels occur about 45 - 60 minutes after ingestion. Once in the blood stream, caffeine causes a number of responses in the body. Caffeine is well known for it's stimulant effects on the brain, but there are a number of other physiologic effects that occur. Blood pressure, pulse rate, and stomach acid production are increased, fat stores are broken down, and fatty acids are released into the blood stream. These effects can last from a few hours to as long as 12, but within 4 days of regular use, the body develops tolerance to many of the effects of caffeine. For example, although caffeine increases blood pressure and pulse in a first time user, a regular user will not experience any significant change.
vicki wrote:And I am SO glad that ADHD wasn't known when I was in school.
vicki wrote:Have you told her all this--that she most likely will be asked to leave if she doesn't stop talking? At fourth grade, she probably can control it a bit--especially if she realizes the consequences. I don't know how much I could control my socialization issues--but I didn't.
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