My son who is 5 was diagnosed this past January with ADHD. Hid peditrician said to try no sugar. We did that for some time. This child could not focus and was always getting in trouble at school. I was afraid of his saftey because he was always into something. After a while with no sugar we (his teacher and father and I) saw improvement but not stability. So on a follow up visit his peditiricain perscribed meds for him. She gave him the lowest dose possible and informed me that it would not last all day. My son was in Kindergarten this year, he went half days. When he got home from school the effects had worn off. His teaher told me that she saw some improvement but it was not consistent. Then he had a side effect, he could not sleep easily at night. That made him miss school more than what I would have liked. On his most recent follow up his ped raised his meds to the next dose. I can tell the difference. He is focused and he can control his actions better. Now the things he does seem more like normal 5 year old things. But upon reading about his meds I learned that it is addictive. I am taking him to see a psychologist for further testing and other treatment options. His doctor recommended an over the counter vitamin that is a sleep aid. It has worked wonders. So for now the treatment is working. However, I am concerned about long term use of meds.