Discipline And Drugs Or Love And Attention

Recently, a football player, raised in the South, “cut a switch” from a tree and “beat” his son. This caused a great deal of media attention on the discipline measures one should take with children.

Admittedly there are better ways to discipline a child however, if it was good enough for dad, it was good enough for dad’s son, after all dad turned out pretty good.

We are expected to reject this type of punishment while being told to believe that prescribing psychotropic medication to a three year old child is acceptable.

The bruises from the spanking will heal and whatever action brought on the disciplinary measure will give pause for thought before being repeated.

Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant prescribed to children from 3 to 5 years of age who have been diagnosed with ADHD. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.

Side Effects:
Cardiovascular:
Palpitations, tachycardia, elevation of blood pressure, sudden death, myocardial infarction. There have been isolated reports of cardiomyopathy associated with chronic amphetamine use.

Central Nervous System:
Psychotic episodes at recommended doses, overstimulation, restlessness, dizziness, insomnia, euphoria, dyskinesia, dysphoria, depression, tremor, headache, exacerbation of motor and phonic tics and Tourette’s syndrome, seizures, stroke.

Gastrointestinal:
Dryness of the mouth, unpleasant taste, diarrhea, constipation, other gastrointestinal disturbances. Anorexia and weight loss may occur as undesirable effects.

Allergic:
Urticaria, rash, hypersensitivity reactions including angioedema and anaphylaxis. Serious skin rashes, including Stevens Johnson Syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis have been reported.

Endocrine:
Impotence, changes in libido.

Long-term use of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine can slow a child’s growth.

Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine is a drug of abuse and may be habit-forming.

JAMA Pediatrics reports, “. . . Most studies have not benchmarked the appropriateness of medication treatment against actual DSM-based diagnostic status.”

Our children are loaded with energy, wanting to explore their world and exert their individual creativity. Playing with them, talking to them, teaching them right from wrong is the role of every adult, not just parents.

Education is the problem and the solution.

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