Herbal remedies

Janet - posted on 11/19/2008 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Have any of you other moms tried treating your children with natural vitamins instead of the prescribtion medication? If you have what kind of results have you seen?

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Elizabeth - posted on 03/30/2011

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Resveritrol. Even the tutor said he is more attentive. No stomach or sleep issues. It is just grapes seeds and skins. Takes 100mg once a week now but we started with 1mg per pound every day, then reduced once there was a noticeable change. He has no homework issues now. We avoid preservatives, food coloring and corn syrup (which made him completely hyperactive.)

We used to use 5HTP for his moods, which worked very well, but gave him stomach aches (only the kind with Vitamin B in it.) Once the focus issue was gone, the moodiness went too.

Tina - posted on 11/21/2008

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i have stopped my daughter from having caramel from chocolate bars and have changed her pop to light ones instead of dark and she is on concerta as well i have found it helpful since no more caramel and limited her intake in caffein

Shannon - posted on 11/21/2008

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The hardest thing I've found, is that the vitamins or herbs seem to work so well for about 2 weeks, then .......not so much anymore. I talked to our chirporactor about that, and he said that is about right - that when you first hit upon a nutrient they are lacking, the improvement is drastic! Then, as their bodies get used to having it, the improvement isn't so noticeable. Very dissapointing. I keep hoping something will help indefinately! But I try remind myself that he does need that nutrient to be healthy, even if we are no longer getting the desired calming effect..... :)

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I have also heard that if your child has low iron, that this could also be a contributing factor with add/adhd symptoms. I'm getting my son's blood checked, just to see!! I also tried natural remedies with my son...Learning Factors by Natural Factors and (a homopathy) ignatia amara. This seemed to help for awhile.

Kirsty-Anne - posted on 11/20/2008

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I have tried many diferrent remedies I donyt know where you guys live but in Australia there is a product called calm kids i used that for a few years when my son and daughter were smaller works grest for the hyperactivity,also tried omega 3 with no result what so ever also when my son was small i used aromatherapy in his bath to help him unwind for bed this also works well,we managed for 11 years without meds but once the hormones started kicking in he became completely unmanagable without medacation.I also still control his diet fairly strictly I did try the no preservitive thing it was brilliant for all my kids but became unworkable in a busy life although They consume as little as possible and never caffine or energy drinks like red bull or v.Take a good hard look at your life before you embak on that one it is very difficult for parents and children alike.

Janet - posted on 11/20/2008

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Thank you. For all your help. I will look into adding some of those to his current regiment.

Shannon - posted on 11/19/2008

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Hello - My son is 7, and I have been trying different natural vitamins +a probiotic + fish oil and a restrictive diet for almost a year, and the best results I have had has been with ones containing magnesium, B vitamins, GABA, Iron, Zinc and DMAE bitrate. We also put him on a gluten-free diet, which helps tremendously! I have learned, after trying the gluten-free diet as a "at-the-end-of-my-rope-what-now?!?" solution, that the proteins in wheat gluten were too big for his intestines to absorb, and eventually were blocking his body from absorbing ANY nutrients!! hence his terrible attention span, spazstic behavior, not listening...... We had terrible side effects with chemical-medications (severe mood swings, depression), so I looked into the natural way on my own. Magnesium and B vitamins seems to be a key ingredient in a lot of calming herbal remedies. Mostly, the natural-remedy sites I've read say that kids with ADD/ADHD just do not get the nutrients their bodies/brains need to function correctly. Although we still have bad days, we are all MCH happier going the natural way!! Good luck!

Janet - posted on 11/19/2008

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Thank you. I have been having some luch with omega3 extra strength and a mutiple vitamin to help his concentration. I am now trying something for his temper. I am hoping it works or at least to find out from other parents what they found that works. I really appreciate the help.

Kathy - posted on 11/19/2008

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I am just lookin into that as well.. I have a contact ( a mom) who swears by some natural remedies and her pediatrician was the one who told her about them.. He son is starting college now and doing well.. I will keep you posted!

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