how do you manage ADHD with out having to use medication

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Veronica - posted on 07/21/2009

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Great question Tamara - I cannot promise you anything, but do have information for you that may help. Ok, first of all I need to know some things. Does he have digestive/bowel issues - constipation, diarrhea, allergies? Have you thought of having him screened for what he may have for toxins, fungus, or heavy metals in his blood??

Jennifer - posted on 07/24/2009

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I good idea depending on how old your child is... is to enroll them/him/her in a martial arts class... It teaches them self control, self discipline, respect, and also helps boost their self-esteem and confidence.

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Adrianne - posted on 04/08/2012

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These kids are "busy." Go with it. Keep them occupied with activities that interest them. They are also highly intelligent. One on one conversations can be started by the time they are in their 3's. They are logical beyond their years but still emotionally and experientially their own age and so, you need to merge that conflict for them.



Because they are highly intelligent, they can reason but because they have no working knowledge of "danger, no danger" and "right/wrong" or "good/bad," you need to have talks at their age level to teach them the differences.



ALWAYS give them approval and love. They are very perceptive, when they see disapproval they internalize it and it hurts them, deeply. Never call them "bad," explain that sometimes they do "naughty" things but they are never, ever "bad."



These kids have boundless energy and require a good deal of supervision and direction. They are often multi-talented, let them immerse in their interests. You can start early.



Left to their own devices they will get into anything that intrigues them. Their curiousity is boundless. You may see a broken tv but they saw something that they wanted to see how it works. Often, they can put it right back together. lol



These kids march to a different drummer. They are non-conformists. But remember, the world's genuises and innovators were once these little the non-conformists, never content to be told or believe what isn't possible or can't be done.



Many of the world's greatest thinkers, scientists, musicians, artists, would never had achieved success in today's world, they would have been classified "ADHD," put on drugs and mainstreamed into "conformity."



These "busy" children are tomorrow's future movers and shakers who, properly raised, directed have the potential for great things.



But no doubt, they require much more attention, work AND PATIENCE than the babe you can sit in the play pen and expect to find him/her where you left them, 15 minutes later.

Veronica - posted on 07/25/2009

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Hello Marlow - that sounds good - but diet soda has aspartame in it -- that aspartame is a poison (when it hits 80 some degrees it separates into an acid and formaldahyde) they should check into that - and find alternatives than diet soda.

Marlow - posted on 07/25/2009

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my niece has adhd and her pediatrician said to try giving her a diet soda in the morning, because the caffeine should counteract the adhd. it worked for her.

Kelly - posted on 07/24/2009

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hi i have 3 boys with adhd and all have been on medication at some time when they was first found to have adhd i did not want them on medication and i was told that fish oil help you can get this in capcils also omega 3 is ment to help i use to get this in eggs,bread,milk and pills,all so diet at the moment my kids are not allowed anything with e1 in so that is anything think withe1 at the begin a

no tomato ketchup or any red sauces no red or orange fruit and no squashes i am only aloud to give them a jucie call rocks . i am on my 5 week and have noticed a diffrerance i hopes this helps let me know how you get on

Kimberli - posted on 07/24/2009

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my son had to be put on meds but he is doing so great. I teacher PPCD and some of my kids have ADHD and the moms put the on a diet, gluten free diet. some times it works and some time it doesnt.

Barbara - posted on 07/24/2009

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The best thing I can recommend is to take lots of notes, a food diary, environmental diary, etc. This can help you pinpoint what the triggers are. Some kids do great if you take out the caffeine, my son benefitted from caffeine. We were able to wean him off the stimulant meds by substituting Pepsi. Now he is a college student, and goes through about a gallon of tea every 3 days. No meds.

Lynne - posted on 07/23/2009

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Look into the Willbarger Approach. It's a technique you can teach your child to help him/her relax and focus. ADHD kids don't do well with drawers, so hang up as much as you can. Sticking to a tight schedule can help.

Veronica - posted on 07/22/2009

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Screening for toxins Im pushing because a lot of these childhood diseases are caused from so many different factors including genetics, immunizations (when there were heavy metals in it - the flu shot still has a form of mercury in it as far as i last researched), and stuff can be passed to your children while you are pregnant with them. There are great detoxifying things - and in my experience thus far Isotonix OPC3 does the job well, and so many other products - all natural supplements. Fungus can play a role - fungus can come from antibiotics -- Ultimate Aloe Juice (as well as the OPC3) can help with ridding the body of fungus. Digestive Enzymes with Probiotics is another great product for the digestive system. We have Omega IIIs, and Complete Greens as well. I say do your research ladies - you can take other steps besides therapy and medication to help your children out -- and yes diet is a key factor as well - high starch, sugary foods, some dairy, can be simple things that need to be cut down on, or eliminated all together.

Take care,

Veronica Knott - Independant Distributor of Market America

Jenny - posted on 07/22/2009

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One thing that I have been reading on about the diagnoses of ADD, ADHD and other hyper active "disorders" is that a lot of them are cause from the foods that we eat. Have you tried cutting off foods that contain dyes? Anything with RED #40 and YELLOW #5 have been a major factor for hyperactivity. These substances are even banned in the UK. I have cut a lot of the foods with this stuff from my kids's diet and I've notice major improvement.

Kristen - posted on 07/22/2009

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My daugher is 10 and was diagnosed with adhd at 5, she took medication for a long time. and if just made things worse for her. SHe is now taking Strattera, no Methamphetamine. I don't think kids with ADD or ADHD need stimulants. She is doing much better with the strattera. She is gaining weight again, she's sleeping better, she's still a little hyper but is able to focus!

Suzanne - posted on 07/22/2009

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I tried this with my son before it started affecting his school work and I ended up having to go to the meds. Alot of foods affect children with ADHD. It would be helpful to stay away from the foods with artifical coloring like the red 40. It means while your shopping adding more time to search the labels on things but it did seem to work when I cut out things like hotdogs among many others. You can ask your doctor about the different foods they are quite helpful with things like this.

Judy - posted on 07/22/2009

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As a teacher though, I have to say that if a doctor perscribes medication it should be used during weekends too because it does make a difference in school if they do not take it during the weekend--but if you do not see the need for the medication during the summer try Behavioral therapy--there is so much you can do that does not involve medication. I know that schools and teachers are very good at pushing for medication but know there are so many other options that do not require medication at all. I am not a doctor but just suggest really talking to your doctor about all options. Most people do not know much about BCBA's and some of the supports they can provide.

Judy - posted on 07/22/2009

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Again, i suggest you talk to your doctor or going on your own to a BCBA. THey can be very helpful with the frustration, the stealing, etc. If she has issues in school, it could be because she is bored and they aren't enriching her enough because I agree with your statement that if they have help and the write support at school they can excel. Why does she get frustated at her self? With what? I am very new to these communities but I really would like to help you in anyway I can.

Kim - posted on 07/22/2009

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My 11 yr old daughter is on medicine,But....it is a natural pill. It is called stratterra. I wouldn't get another... In summer,weekends or days off school no meds cause she is so active.....cut out caffeine,red dyed anything soda etc, make sure they eat properly.. I still have to stay on top of her to make sure she stays on point. You have to figure out what works for you..Its difficult.

Michele - posted on 07/22/2009

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My youngest is ADHD. We went through the process of having him screened by 2 different doctors, in which both said he needed to be on meds. We tried 4 different types of meds from Cephlaxin (which made him VERY violent) to Vyvanse (which made him so mellow, that he was almost like in coma stage!). We decided against the doctors better judgement that he didnt need any of those meds, and we cut out ALL his sweets and DAIRY! It is more time consuming but, its worth it. They learn to develop a taste for new foods. Logan drinks 8 oz of SOY milk every morning, and thats all we give him for the day. Peanut butter plays a big roll in making him 'hyper'...cook foods in OLIVE oil as opposed to cooking oils or butter. Cook fish AT LEAST once a week that is high in OMEGA-3! It helps boost a childs performance in school. Make sure that you stick to a regular bedtime everyday, including the weekends. Make sure they have plenty of outdoor time. I hope this helps you.

Tamra - posted on 07/21/2009

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I just wish that there was a way to get the issues of her getting so frustrated with her self and forgetting five seconds after being told something.. It is very hard for her to deal with it. I have noticed this alot since she has gotten older..

Tamra - posted on 07/21/2009

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Thanks Its really helpfull I have had to do that with her too. I just feel the medication shouldnt be a factor in her life. I have worked with her alot since she was born and She tests higher then all the kids in her class.. This year she will be in third grade since they moved her up a grade. The program she is on in school is great they are talking about keeping her in third grade but giving her a higher level of study then the other students.. If a kid with ADHD has propper help at school they excell above everyone.

Ramona - posted on 07/21/2009

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my daughter is 11 year old. She was diagnosed with ADD 2yrs. ago. She did take medication the first year, but last year I took her off of it. When she does her home work I have to turn off t.v, radio and anything else that will distract her.
As long as it's quite and I sit and help her to keep her focused she does very well.
She has brought her grades up to A's and B's.
She is also in some recourse classes in school.
I hope I'm able to help in some way.
Mona

Tamra - posted on 07/21/2009

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well she is 7 and has been steeling from her teachers since she was about 5 yrs old.

She sneaks into the class room when every one is busy out side or in the gym and takes things from the teachers desk. I have made her give them back every time and given her chores to do in order to make up for the things she has stolen but its not working. I know when I was little I stole a pack of gum from a store and my mom made me give it back, I was so embarassed I cried my eyes out and I never stole again she just doesnt seem to have that kind of remorce. and it kind of scares me a little.

Veronica - posted on 07/21/2009

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How old is she? My daughter is 6 and she steals from me all of the time - shes not adhd -- she acts oblivious to me about it, and continues to do it -- so that could just be a normalcy for age groups

Tamra - posted on 07/21/2009

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I recently have had some issues with her stealing as well. Its as if she doesnt see it as being wrong and it seems no matter how hard I try to teach her. She seams to have no remourse for doing it... Could this be due to her ADHD

Judy - posted on 07/21/2009

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I am a special education teacher and there is so much info I could give you and can't type it all but I suggest you talk to the resource teachers in your area or a Behavior Analsst can help with non-drug therapies. I have been a special education teacher for years but am back in school to become a Board Certified Behavior Analysis because there is so much unknown about kids with ADHD, AUtism and other behavioral disabilities. The most important thing is that you do not give up.

Veronica - posted on 07/21/2009

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One more thing -- what she eats is key too -- check to see how she is with gluten (wheat) and refined sugars and starches - these things can add to the health issues as well.

Veronica - posted on 07/21/2009

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Im reading a wonderful book about ADHD, Autism, Allergies and Asthma -- all of them lead back to digestive issues, toxins, etc. in the system. I also am in business with an exceptional company - we have high quality products, that have high absorbancy fast, for more effectiveness (at least 90% absorbancy within 5 to 10 minutes) I'd like for you to take a look if you'd like - just to have an option to look while you are in your quest to find what you need for your daughter. This particular line is made for children - our Spectrum Isotonix. We have OPC3 an antioxidant - this will help rid the toxins in her system. We have Digestive Enzymes with Probiotics - which will aid in her digestion for better digestion and absorption. And we have Might-a-mins - which are children's vitamins - these are essential because without proper nutrients our bodies cannot function like they need to. Finally we have Ultimate Aloe Juice, it will help to clean out the system, promotes healing, boosts the immune system and balances the ph in our bodies. The Spectrum line comes in a powder that you simply mix with water and drink it down - its tasty, and simple. The Aloe Juice is very good too - its just like a juice, and there are a few different flavors to choose from - I find kids prefer our strawberry kiwi.



If you'd like more information let me know - otherwise I thought I would give you these basics as these are things that could help her out. I wish you well on your quest to help your daughter, and I hope she gets better soon.. Any question beyond this you may send me a private message at any time.

Take care,

Veronica

Vicki - posted on 07/21/2009

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I haven't mastered it myself but I'm trying process of elimination. 1 thing I'm sure of is a structured day. I believe ADHD kids like predictibility. They have focus when they know what to expect. Now is time for free play even. Now is time to eat or go outside etc.
Give chores also. Not too many. Enough to feel they are contributing. My daughter is very artistic so I give her lots of opportunity to create, especially through the outdoors. Time to run out that energy. Good Luck. I know its tough. These kids have special qualities though.

Tamra - posted on 07/21/2009

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I have noticed that she has been going seaveral days with out a bowel movement. Never thought of having any thing like that done.. But I will bring those up at her next doctors appointment..Thanks

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