3 Signs Your Child Has ADHD

Recognizing ADHD in Your Child and Exploring Chiropractic Alternatives

It’s been reported that after receiving chiropractic care, those suffering from ADHD have shown some levels of improvement.  Any time one can benefit from more holistic care and avoid medication, or limit the amount of medication taken, it should always be pursued.  Common side effects of psychotropic drugs (like those given to ADHD sufferers) can include:drowsiness, insomnia, constipation, weight gain, sexual problems, tremors, and dry mouth. ‌Changes to medication should never be undertaken without consulting a medical doctor. Chiropractic care is drugless by choice, and is used safely around the world by millions. At our chiropractic clinic in Dana Point, our chiropractors may be able to help. Here are some signs your kids’ current ADHD treatment plan just isn’t working.


If you’re searching “chiropractor near me” for ADHD, you’re probably already aware, but it’s worth repeating, especially since it’ll give you an idea of why chiropractic care can help. This particular condition is a neurodevelopmental disorder, meaning it stems from brain growth and development. Ultimately, because chiropractic works to improve the function of the nervous system. Chiropractic adjustments and postural correction have been shown to improve nervous system function and in some types of cases literally improve blood flow to the brain.

Spinal Subluxations (misalignments) can cause adverse tension on the nerve system and affect its function.  Common patterns of Subluxations seen with ADHD sufferers are in the Cervical (neck) region. These can be seen as a loss of the normal side curve in the neck called Lordosis and also Anterior Skull Translation aka Forward head posture.  This loss of neck curve and forward head posture can then place adverse tension on the delicate nerves in the neck and affect blood flow to the brain.  The Doctors of Chiropractic at our clinic have over 40 years of experience in correcting such problems.

Signs Traditional Treatment Isn’t Working

Some medications will start working an hour or so after you give them to your child, particularly stimulants. Non-stimulant drugs, however, can take a few days or weeks before you see the effects. If adequate time has gone by and your child is still experiencing their symptoms, or side effects are occurring, it might be time to alter the current plan.  Remember, changes to medication should never be undertaken without consulting a medical doctor.

Mood Swings

ADHD, itself, can lead to a child experiencing mood swings. A child without ADHD may get moody at times, but it tends to correspond with the situation, obviously within reason, seeing as how a child may get emotional in a scenario that seems minor to you. With ADHD, the child may not be able to control his or her emotions or seem to just get “stuck” in an emotional state. Not to mention, he or she may experience irritability more often, when the situations don’t call for that emotion. Therefore, if your child is still irritable, he or she may be on a treatment regimen that isn’t adequately controlling his or her emotions.

On the other hand, if your child wasn’t moody before starting a medication, he or she may be that way as a result of a side effect. It’s important to discuss this with the doctor that prescribed the medication.

Sleep Disturbances

A preschooler requires 10 to 13 hours of sleep, including naps, daily. A child between six and 11 needs 11 or 12 hours of sleep each night. A child between the ages of 12 and 18 should get 8 to 10 hours. While it may take your child a bit to get used to, they tend to learn to fall asleep on their own. When a kid has ADHD, they might have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, if their treatment isn’t working, they may still struggle to fall asleep or might wake up throughout the night.

In some cases, your kid might be developing problems falling asleep or remaining that way as a result of the medication they take. If this began after taking medications then seeking more holistic care options are in order. Many patients report sleeping better after receiving chiropractic care.

Appetite Loss

Your kid might experience appetite loss after starting an ADHD medication. They may feel continuously full or lose their desire to eat. Sometimes, this side effect is only mild or temporary. It’s a concerning side effect if it doesn’t stop and is causing weight loss. Weight loss during maturation years is alway concerning.  This should be discussed with the medical doctor prescribing the medication.

Symptoms Are Continuing

Evaluate your child’s impulsiveness, focus, organization, and memory. These are all areas where your kid’s ADHD may have been impacted. While traditional treatment may not improve all symptoms, it should improve some. Therefore, take notice if your child’s symptoms are improving at all.  Because of the known side effects of psychotropic medications, holistic care may be a better match for your child’s issues.

At PCH Chiropractic, we’re chiropractors who offer our care either alone or in conjunction with other types of care. We encourage all our patients to seek more natural approaches to their family’s health and leave any changes to one’s medications to their medical professionals.  Adding Chiropractic care can help your kid better manage symptoms with or without other treatment, and it begins with a search for “chiropractor near me.”

We are experts in our field, use techniques on the cutting edge of our profession, and only accept the patients that we can help.  We welcome you to book an appointment for your child today at PCH Chiropractic at 949-503-2691 or using our online form.

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