I dont want to give my 11 yr old son meds for ADHD, anyone have suggetions of what might help?

Kristy - posted on 09/18/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I have had him on 4 different medications since he was 6 yrs old. Every medication gave him headaches in the afternoons and did not necessarily help him during school. Im trying to find an alternate way of helping him because of the headaches. Also, the medications only helped from about 30 min to an hour after taking it until about 30 min before he came home. Homework was nearly impossible on some days and took all evening when I could get him on task. I have heard that there may be a dietary supplement that could help. If anyone knows the name of this or has tried this with or without success, I would greatly appreciate any information! I am frustrated because I cant help him and he spends 5 hours doing homework with no time to play and be a kid. It breaks my heart. I try to give him breaks but it gets more difficult to get him back on tasks. Hope everyone has a wonderful day!! Any information or suggestions will be greatly appreciated! Thanks

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Della - posted on 10/28/2010

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I don't know of a supplement but both of my sons were ADHD and I tried some medications but ended up just controlling their diet. cup of coffee watered down first thing in the morning. Then eliminating all red food coloring( ie grape kool aid has red in it) also very limited sugar I bought sugar free candy and used splenda when making treats

Darcie - posted on 06/10/2012

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I was a bad mommy back in the day, committing my learning disabled son to extended time in homework prison trying to get him to produce the same quality of work as his classmates – frankly it’s just cruel and unusual punishment for an ADD child who has just spent a grueling day trying to focus at school.



Ah yes, too soon old and too late smart! I too did the 5 hour marathon – it was brutal for both of us. Ya know I hate vacuuming and put it off until the dust bunnies threaten a take-over. If I had to vacuum all day long, I would go completely mad! One imagines that's what it must be like for these kids.



Chances are that your learning disabled child is also extraordinarily gifted in some area – is there an opportunity nurture the assets? Do you have an IEP (Individual Education Plan) that can provide some accommodations for your child’s schooling and individual homework expectations? Are they better at speaking than writing – can they give an oral presentation rather than written; can they get notes from one of their classmates; can they sit at the front of the class; can they use their ipod in class to remove the auditory distractions during work time, do they have a computer with dragon speak?



Tools and accommodations combined with diet, exercise and sleep could make the world of difference. Have you tried taking the white stuff away - NO wheat, gluten, pasta, rice, potatoes and sugar, and ban anything with blue and red dye – protein takes longer to digest and feeds the body longer than the quick spike of the white stuff. Lots of water and daily exercise not only tires them out, it’s a great stress reliever. Interestingly, my son did his best work when he wasn’t tied to a desk.

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Jennifer - posted on 10/24/2012

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There are many things that gluten and food dyes are in foods. Have you had hi tested for celiac? Food today is not the same as 20 yrs ago. So many hidden toxins and things our bodies can not assimilate. It's great that you did that, and that you saw a big change. He is a normal child, but is being fed things that just don't react well with him. Fresh fruits and veggies is the way to go (preferably organic). Also the gummy vitamins have artificial colors and preservatives in them that can also interfere and cause problems.

Jennifer - posted on 10/24/2012

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Good afternoon Kristy

I'm sorry for all your stress and your childs. Nothing is worse than the frustration we as parents go through. All this can be avoided without medications. Please email me @ dleahy.nutrition@gmail.com. Or, you can call me 321-446-7123. I can definitely help you! I went through the same thing for 15 years with my daughter then discovered what was causing it. After all I went through with her I decided to become a Certified Holistic Health/Life coach. I work specifically with children and families to help them find what works for their "bio-individuality" many with no side effects and no drugs. I can send you a Confidential health history form for you to fill out and send back to me and we can figure this out! It's not as hard as it seems to fix this. There are things you wouldn't even think about that can help change your situation and give you all a healthy happy life.

Meds only bring on more problems and are not the answer!



Good luck and God Bless

Diana

Sheri - posted on 10/24/2012

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Removing gluten has made a big difference. However, it takes six weeks to see a change, and very week after it got better and better for us!!! 6 months in we have gone back to Gluten because he is just a normal little boy....it takes a while to build back up, and before we know it we are living in chaois again. So, might be an option for you, but you have to have patients with it!

Diana - posted on 08/07/2012

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I am a health counselor, I work specifically with children with Autism and A.D.D/A.D.H.D. My child also has A.D.D./A.D.H.D., I took her off all meds, and give her nothing but organic, whole foods, nothing processed or with artificial flavorings, colors or preservatives. Becoming a label reader is essential. This can be corrected by diet. Within less than 1 week she was a new person!



After seeing my daughter go off the all after eating processed crap, I changed everything. She is now more focused, sleeps well, attention great. No more drooling and coming out of her skin from meds and all the side effects; who knows what it is doing to them long-term biologically it was worth the change to all natural. Why add more chemicals to their system?



These problems weren't around 20 yrs ago before they started putting chemicals and enhancers in everything.



I have changed many lives and ended the frustrations for the children and families by switching what they eat. Of course it goes according to bio-individuality, so I work according to their needs and sensitivities and rule out all other problems, like food sensitivities.

This can be done easily! Any questions please email me dleahy.nutrition@gmail.com.

Cathy - posted on 06/07/2012

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I have a boy too 11yrs that they wanted to medicate but I wouldn't allow. I use dietary supplements (fish oils) and also changed his diet to try limit sugar, additives and bring more fish oils, wholemeal and vitamins. Like all children we have bad days but in general this seems to work. Plus I have him in a few sports clubs which help to run some of the excess engery out in the day

Kim - posted on 03/22/2011

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HI
I have a 11 year old boy with adhd and dyslexia and dyspraxia but thanks to very supportive teachers have never put him on medication. And as long as he isn't too tired he copes really well! But homework is such a struggle for us it can take hours to do the simplist things. Any ideas would be great. thanks

Melissa - posted on 10/30/2010

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Feel free to e-mail me at kidsfirst6@yahoo.com. My son had horrible side effects like your son did and even worse. He now takes a natural supplement. I can help you with that as well as with tricks for the classroom (I'm a special ed. teacher). Talk soon!

Stacey - posted on 06/09/2010

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I have a 10yr old son. He was sent to live with his dad when he was 4 out of state,when he started school they said that he might have ADHD so his father had him tested,and they said that he was. So they wanted him to start on meds but his father refused to give it to him. So my son ended up repeating kindergarden.And now they have moved back here and i have had him tested twice and they are still saying the same thing but his dad still refuses to give him meds i know he needs it but his father has him in the morings before he goes to school and i have him after school i just dont know what to do i think it would bennfit him by taking the meds just for school but on the other hand im just not sure. So if any one has any suggestions please let me know

Melissa - posted on 01/02/2010

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My son had reactions to his medications, and we switched to all-natural supplements. They work great! I also am a special education teacher and would love to give you hints for the classroom and home. I've learned many tricks over the years and would love to share!

Laurie - posted on 11/21/2009

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Hi Kristy,
Just wanted to thank you for being a part of our group and also let you know I just posted a copy of a very helpful article regarding this exact issue this evening. It's the newest conversation started by me. I think you may find it very useful. Hope it helps! Take care.
Laurie

Cheri - posted on 10/07/2009

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Kristy,

Yes, lots of good ideas, I had 72 special needs foster kids, adopted my first 12 years ago, and he's meds-free. I just posted an article on this site and several others with ten years of my research. Please read (no sales, just help for moms like us) on my news page online published at:

AssociatedContent.com/cmajors or updates posted on Twitter.com/blondygirl1



Please let me know if you find help in any of the articles!

God bless,

Cheri

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