5 yr old adhd
Michelle - posted on 06/17/2014
I disagree with what previous person said about how keds don't help etc. My son is a ball of energy and he has ADHD(he's 8) and he's on meds because of school(helps him focus better), the meds do help with his energy issue, he still has energy but its more controlled and not out of control. I didn't want my son on meds either but so far its working very well.
Guest - posted on 06/17/2014
Meds won't really help with excess physical energy anyway, they are more for mental focus. To control the physical aspect of ADHD do all of the following:
First, no caffeine. EVER.
Second, limit carbohydrates to complex carbs and avoid simple sugars and simple carbohydrates. White bread, pastas, and rice are all horrible--they will cause a spike in energy ending in an emotional crash, but unlike a normal child who will calm after the crash, the ADHD child will continue to be on edge. Focus on veggies and protein rich foods. Fruits are fine in moderation, but try to have him eat them in the mornings, or before he will have time to be active because they will make him hyper.
Third, make sure he has LOTS of time for exercise and physical activities. At the very least 3 hours per day for running, jumping, swimming, etc. This will get the energy out. It doesn't have to be at any certain time of day, (but if you can spread it out into 3-4 small sections it is better) as long as he has this time every day. Over time, his energy will regulate around it, but it will take a few weeks. Do not force him to exercise, just give him the opportunity to do so and make sure he uses it.
Fourth, limit video games to one day a week, two if he is doing well, and no more than 1 hour at a time. He can have 3 or 4 hours on those days as long as he takes a 1 hour break every hour.
Lastly, if you keep a TV on in your house, turn it off unless someone is actually sitting down and watching it. If your son gets up while watching TV, turn it off immediately (though I don't recommend TV for people with ADHD at all--I have not used a TV in years and I am much more focused now). Limit TV to no more than 1 hour a day at the very most, and avoid it completely at least one or two days a week. Do not allow your son to watch TV in bed to fall asleep--this disrupts the release of chemicals in the brain that help regulate the way we store and use energy.
Try all of those things together for about two weeks and see if he has an easier time staying put.
One last thing, if his major difficulty is staying put for lectures and such at school, ask his teacher if he can doodle or draw while she is teaching. Sometimes, that little, mindless physical activity is enough to keep his mind focused and his body seated in the chair.
Leena - posted on 06/17/2014
You could try age old methods of homeopathy, Ayurveda or meditation. The previous two i wouldn't call them alternative medicine because Ayurveda has been the main form of medication given by nature and used even before allopathy was discovered or invented. Meditation will help him calm him and bring him peace. You must consult some yoga consultant to help him out or you could use online help to understand how to meditate. You could use this site to learn yourself and help your child or if he is upto it he can do it himself. http://learnmeditationonline.org/
Homeopathy could be slow but it heals the root cause.
I hope this helps.
All the best.
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