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ALLIBEAR77 SparkPoints: (24,916)
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7/28/13 8:37 A

I give my 8yo son an omega supplement called Eye-Q. It gets mixed reviews online, but has been working very well for him. We started by giving him 6 pills per day, and after a few months cut back to 4 per day.

I haven't tried caffeine with him, but it does make sense, given how stimulants generally affect the brains of people with ADHD.

7/26/13 11:45 A

I think the dietary changes are definitely super important! I wanted to add Karate has been an AMAZING change in our lives! It has changed my 7yr old so much! It's a pricey sportt but if you can make it work for your family you should try it out!

7/25/13 11:52 P

I definitely recommend organics and whole foods. Cutting all the crap out can make a huge difference for any kid. Making sure your child is getting the right amount of sleep is helpful as well. Good, quality sleep is important. Don't give your child the Focus supplement when they are on an ADHD med. That would be bad.

Is the problem the rebound or the homework? Homework can be a hard thing for kids with ADHD. I know families that homework time lasts for hours and wreaks havoc on family time. I always ask teachers to make accomodations. We have them cut the busy work out. An ADHD brain works a little different and sometimes it is better that they show what they know in a different way. Schools have to make accomodations for ADHD kids. One size does not fit all. I am a school social worker with ADHD and I have two ADHD kids of my own. So I know a little.

My son is not on meds and he eats an all natural/all organic diet, he does really well but has a hard time organizing and with procrastination/task initiation. But everything is kind of on a spectrum, you have a little or a lot and it blends with your personality, your anxiety level etc. He is kind of an ADHD light kid any ways. I have had parents recommend the following books, but I don't feel there is enough hard science to back them up. It doesn't mean they aren't good or useful books, but I am a science girl. I like really good data and it just isn't there yet. It might be someday but you could try them if you wanted. They might be worth a shot :)

The ADHD and Autism Nutritional Supplement Handbook: The Cutting-Edge Biomedical Approach to Treating the Underlying Deficiencies and Symptoms of ADHD and Autism

Feingold Cookbook for Hyperactive Children

The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook, Updated and Revised: The Ultimate Guide to the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet

Edited by: LIVING4TODAY at: 7/26/2013 (00:00)
LMRYAN2 Posts: 44
7/20/13 10:17 P

That's the trick with ADHD, coffee. I have it and drink coffee everyday so that people aren't scared of all of my energy! :)

As to what to do for a child, I suggest reseaching the following things..... All of the chemicals in the food that we eat, GMO's, soda-- get rid of it, food dye of all sorts, etc. Even the meat that we eat is TERRIBLE. The milk is full of antibiodics.... the whole food system is out of control. Start switching to organic and see what makes a difference! :)

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7/1/13 9:19 A

I know you asked about suppliments, but i think JGirl and Helen had some good insights into how processed foods really can have a negative impact. When you look at these items and their cumulative effect... it's worth a try to offer whole foods made into meals. (those dyes and additives effect my grandkids)

This video is just one example of the factory processing of 'food'. And it really doesn't show them adding the nitrates and such. Just 'food' for thought.

This is offered as encouragement only.

Edited by: FERRET-EYES at: 7/1/2013 (09:20)
JGIRL5799 Posts: 561
6/12/13 11:32 P

my was was misdiagnosed with ADHD, but the biggest thing was getting off the red dies and off from GMO foods...that was the only supplement I was able to do for him besides his meds...
as for other supplements, I have tried other natural supplements and didn't notice any difference.

The processed foods was the worse cause of the sugars.. it did wonders for the most part

Then we found out he had dyslexia LOL

Edited by: JGIRL5799 at: 6/12/2013 (23:34)
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6/12/13 10:22 P

I had students that coffee had a calming effect on and their parents gave it to them. Both my stepson and daughter have ADHD. I notice a huge increase in irritability and anxiety with sugar and caffeine, not small amounts.

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2/5/13 5:42 P

Racermom, just reread your post. "Discerning palate"...that's one way of putting it, right? ;) After school homework time is a big problem for us, which is why we had started the Clonidine after school. We just started the Kapvay last night.

Have you tried just giving him snacks, like nuts or other protein after school? Sometimes they just need to level out their blood sugars to stay on track. Sometimes this works for my DS.

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2/5/13 5:39 P

Hi, this is actually my first SP message board post. I've been kind of lost on where to go, and this is the first thread I've read where I feel like I can contribute. I have a 10 y/o DS that has ADHD and ODD. He was dx at 4 y/o and has been on meds since. Because of the ODD, we do not take weekend or summer breaks. Thankfully, he does not suffer a lot of the side effects some kids do. He doesn't have much of a lunch appetite most days, but he makes up for it later in the day.

We have not tried dietary changes, like GF, food dyes and other things you read about. I know some people say it works, but the Physchologist that diagnosed him with ODD said that there's a very small percentage of kids that are truly sensitive to those things and it's hard to follow. I know for my family situation, it's not something we're going to try.

My DS currently takes Vyvanse 50mg in the morning. It lasts him until a little after he gets home from school, about 8-9 hours. We just added Kapvay (long acting Clonidine) at bedtime, to try and level him out over a 24 hr. period.

I thought I had read a few years back that Concerta was for older children, or seemed to work better for older children.

My kids only get soda on special occasions. They drink mainly water, milk, and sometimes V8 Fusion or 100% juice watered down.

I have heard of a couple natural supplements, but haven't tried any. They don't seem to have a huge amount of success from the stories I've read.

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2/5/13 2:06 P

Realistically, that's a question you want to direct to his doctor. Kids DO adapt to the medication, so it may be time to change things up. My daughter started on the lowest dose of Concerta (she's also 7) but after a month, she has started to adjust, and it's wearing off sooner, and she's having more inappropriate behaviors than she did the first couple of weeks.

One thing that helps her (at the recommendation of her psychologist) is a caffeinated soda/other beverage with her afternoon snack. The caffeine is a stimulant like the ADHD meds, and seems to calm her down. I even tried it on my younger child to see if it was a placebo effect. Lord no, it's not... my youngest just about lost her mind. ;)

You can get the little 8 oz cans (my doc suggested diet/no sugar to avoid the sugar rush/crash) and when he's particularly having a hard time, give it a try.

I don't do soda with my kids, but this has helped her a lot.

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2/4/13 10:46 P

I read somewhere that taking gluten & dairy out of the diet . You will notice a difference with in a few days if it works or not ..also consentraction games help all the best to you.

2/4/13 3:13 P

I went to my local natural health food store and asked them what they would recommended: the one my kids take is from Solaray called FOCUS for children, they make an adult one too that I take. They also recommended liquid fish oil. Along with a much more vegetable and fruit heavy diet with hardly any processed food and sweets, this combo has helped quite a bit. I didn't see results right away, but over time it has gotten much better. So far, we have not had to go to medication. Hope this helps!

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2/4/13 12:23 P

My son is going to be 7 on Wednesday and I suspect very much that he has ADHD, like his father, uncle, big brother, possibly his younger brother as well...I give him coffee. Caffeinated coffee seems to have the opposite affect on him-calms him down and mellows him out. A four ounce serving seems to make him concentrate better (only organic sugar or agave syrup to sweeten and some evaporated milk) and a full 8 ounce serving helps him go to sleep. Plus, coffee has potassium.
I don't know everything and don't pretend to. While I wait for the diagnosis process to take place, this works-especially on hard/frustrating days for my mancub.

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2/3/13 10:35 A

My 7 year old son began taking Concerta 4 months ago. The afternoon rebound is difficult due to his irritability and frustration in completing homework. I've been researching supplements and am more confused than ever. There seems to be no good source for a comprehensive supplement that is child friendly. I'm interested in magnesium, zinc and have tried flaxseed with limited success due to his discerning palate. I would love to hear from other parents that have tried supplements.

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