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Faux ADHD

By: Heather King
By: Heather King

Doctors think some children with symptoms of ADHD may be suffering more from poor sleep than an actual disorder.

One of my favorite posts to pop up on Facebook from friends who are new parents is when their baby sleeps through the night for the first time.  It was such a big deal in our house when Lauren slept all night long that Chris and I reserved a bottle of wine from a winery we toured on our honeymoon, normally only to be opened on anniversaries, as a celebration for the momentous occasion.

Kids sleeping all night is not just good rest for their parents; new research is bolstering the argument that parents get tough about bedtime with their children of any age.

Doctors at the New England Center for Pediatric Psychology says some children suffer from what looks like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, (ADHD), with one big exception: they don't respond to medication.

For families in that category, the doctors say the kids might actually suffer from "Faux ADHD," and they are prescribing a change in bedtime routines.  The doctors found getting kids into bed and making them stay there all night long was a major problem for parents.  The children suffered during the daytime with irritability, trouble focusing and other symptoms of the classic ADHD. 

What are your thoughts on this? Ever heard of "Faux ADHD?"  Any tips for parents on getting kids to stay in bed all night?
 

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