I have been on this site for years, and have gathered amazing ideas and stragegies for helping my son. We have made huge progress with diet and nutritional supplements, and I thank everyone who has shared those approaches, because overall he is doing VERY well. Our area of concern remains to be school. Medicated or natural, this seems to be a common area of problems for many of us. Through this forum, I discovered brain training ideas. I know my son will benefit from this, but finding the right one is important. I wanted to ask for opinions on the subject, and appreciate any and all comments in favor of, or cautions. They can be expensive. Recently had an eval done, at a Brain Training facility, and for 8 months, 4 times a week, it would be about $11,000.00! Needless to say, that is FAR from our financial means. I have run across a few sites:
Very much so if you ask me! We have come a long way over the last 2-3 years! Tried popular stimulant meds with side effect issues and a general "uneasiness". Diet can play a huge part. Higher in protein, less sugar (obviously), we cut artificial food colors out, and would never stop this approach. Some it helps, and it takes time. After 2-3 months we realized the difference, especially if he had anything with artificial color. Amino acid supplements. Neu'becalm - LOVE it. I take it too. Research and see what you think. adhdrelief.com. We give our 10 yr old ADHD son a good fish oil. Nordic Naturals makes a good, Omega 3-6-9. Quality can matter. Multi vitamins. another good resource is 3 steps to conquering ADD/ADHD. You'll have to google it. Great advice on diet and vitamins. This will also lead you to Neu'becalm products. ADD-care is another we use.View Thread
My son is 10, adhd. Do you pay attention to what he is eating? I know we solved "upsets" and issues by eliminating artificial food colors from his diet. We use natural treatments for our son. Yes, we tried 2 popular stimulants that made me nervous and my son had a tough time. Here's a few things we do that are natural, that have made a huge difference for him, and us!
Healthy diet - that's a given. Less starchy carbs, higher in protein, and the obvious good fruits and veggies.
NO artificial colors, and try for natural in general.
Neu-becalm - Good stuff. adhdrelief.com.
Fish oil - omega 3-6-9
ADD-Care supplement. add-care.com.
I always try for the empathy and understanding response first. Difficult in the middle of an upset. Getting angry and upset myself usually makes it worse. Help him recognize his behavior, after the issue. Have a plan for changing direction. Idk, just thoughts. Use caution before a diagnosis. Lots of labels, and once they are, there is usually an added "target" on them. Try some dietary and supplement treatments and see if that makes a difference. Research the supplements and see what you think.View Thread
My son is 9 now, and he has ADHD. Here are a few things we have done, that have helped very much. Eliminate artificial colors from his diet, eat organic fruits and vegetables, especially those you do not peel. I do this for cost. I dont worry about oranges, bananas, potatos, etc, because I peel them. This is just my approach, as organic can get expensive. We use L-theanine, an amino acid supplement, fish oil gummies, and a healthy diet. We did try Vyvanse for school, and his teacher said it did help. I trusted her, as she has a son with ADD and was very helpful. I HATE putting him on these meds, like most of us do. I do not keep him on it all summer, or when he does not have school, and still not sure if I will this school year or not. Probably, but gradually getting it into his system, then weening off asap! Research artificial food colors and ADD/ADHD, as well as pesticides. Check out L-theanine in a natural foods store, or vitamin shoppe. We have had great results from all of this, just not academically. Tutoring now, and still debating on medicating for school. My son is an athlete as well, and I did not notice the Vyvanse impacting his energy, or abilities, though he did have a little "coming down" time. Thats when I made sure and gave him a high quality fish oil, and L-theanine, and sometimes a little soda with caffeine, or chocolate. Gummie vitamins, gummie fish oil, all chewable L-Theanine, because he doesn't like to swallow pills. Nutritional shakes, smoothies, milk shakes with added protein powders or soy powders, etc help too. I wish you the best, as I can relate and understand how hard this can be. With school starting, I think I am the one with anxiety, as this is the most difficult place for him to be in regard to ADHD. Our children are protected by law, and keep that in mind.View Thread
My son, who is 9, with ADHD has been on a nutritional/diet to treat the ADHD symptoms. Last 5-6 months, and WOW,Awesome results!!! NO artificial colors in his food, mostly organic fruits and veggies, and supplements for calming! So much better, no oppositional issues, getting along better in general. If you have not researched artificial colors, I urge you to do so. Despite the great changes, school remains a difficult place. Grades, and not feeling good about himself in the school environment. Darn it! Starting Vyvanse today. half a dose for a few days, to increase when school starts after spring break. Hopeful this will do the trick academically! Worried about appetite and sleep, because he does not do well without both. At school he thinks he does everything wrong, nobody likes him, and its sad. Self-esteem needs a boost! Difficult when he's called baby brain, and a loser. Have heard good things about Vyvanse, so praying it does the job.View Thread
Try adding the organic diet too! I took my son off the Adderall, went almost completely organic and he is doing GREAT! read the labels, that nasty food coloring is in everything. I know many of the meds out there can and do help, but we did not like the side effects and the increased risk for dependency. Its really made a big difference. He loves going to Vitamin Cottage or Whole foods, cause he can pick what he wants, and we don't have to worry so much. Be sure his diet has foods with the vitamins and nutrients that are especially important for those with ADD/ADHD!View Thread
My son is 8 and ADHD, exhibits all the characterisitics, and upsets easily. I have included diet changes, and a homeopathic approach. Then with school starting, we thought we should try a RX med. Dr. put him on Adderall, and we hoped for great things. I think it increased his aggitation, then he started telling me his heart was pounding. We took him off of it, and I am convinced more than ever to REALLY watch his diet....add the nutrients those with ADHD tend to lack. Be cautious of the ingredients associated with ADHD, like artificial food colorings, additives, high sugar, etc. It takes alot more effort then taking a pill.........but I just feel even more hesitant of the stimulants prescribed after the heart racing issues. That's scary. I understand they can work for some, but the risks are to frightening for me. I just ordered a new natural supplement called New-becalm. at new-be-calm.com. Its part of the Jon Bennett program 3 steps to conquerring ADD-ADHD. I will post if it helps!View Thread
Over the summer my son who has ADHD has had a few "issues" when playing with the kids on the block. I have noticed them avoiding him, and it breaks my heart. He has also noticed and we just stay in a bit more. Has anyone else had a difficult time with this. School starts soon, so there won't be as many opportunities to play outside, but I still worry how this effects him. And me. Ideas, or comments?View Thread