Rosie - posted on 03/25/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )
I have an 11 year old son who has ADHD, he's been on various medications since he was 8. of course side effects of these drugs are loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, body aches, headaches, joint aches etc. Grant, on top of being failure to thrive since he was 6 months old, has been on medications that keep him from growing, he now weighs around 52 lbs. and is around 4 ft. 11in - at 11 years old. he's supposed to weigh around 75 lbs. i'm starting to get very concerned about his weight, and his side effects (joint pain, headaches) and sleeplessness we've remedied with medication *sigh* although i've added melatonin to that as well. he always seems to level out on medication and we need to increase it every so often to keep up.
i've heard of lots of different things to naturally help children with ADHD, like cutting out dyes and preservatives, vitamin D, B vitamins, structure and routine. i've even heard black coffee.
so basically, i'm curious? do any of these things work? has anybody tried these with success? i'm having a really hard time with my son, and don't want to continue treating my son with medication if these side effects continue, but i'm terrified of how he'll be without the medication. he's more than a handful. he's never ending, totally wound, can't concentrate on anything to save his life. his teacher already throws a fit when she even THINKS he hasn't had his medication, she accuses us constantly of not giving it to him. i'm just confused and terrified at the same time, i need help! :)