How to deal with a 4 yr old with ADHD?

Janelle - posted on 04/27/2013 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have twins and one of them has ADHD and the other one is dyslexic , I've been working with the dyslexic one but my adhd one is hard and their 4. How do I control her?

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Jodi - posted on 04/27/2013

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Yeah, skip the nuts in that case.......

I think, most importantly, try to make sure all foods a fresh and free of additives, preservatives and the like, and also free from simple sugars. Anything is worth a try. My step son used to bounce off walls and go off the rails when he ate anything with yellow or red food colouring in it. We could never get him to sit and focus, he was fidgety and scatter-brained. He has outgrown it - it wasn't ADHD, but certain foods can trigger certain responses, and that could be all it is.

But the fact that she has trouble focusing at daycare doesn't mean she is ADHD.

Jodi - posted on 04/27/2013

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Now, having said that, with regard to his behaviour, have you considered managing his diet? Without knowing what sorts of food he eats, I can't say what you should do, but basically, you can follow the following principles:

Eat a high-protein diet, including beans, cheese, eggs, meat, and nuts.

Eat fewer simple carbohydrates, such as candy, corn syrup, honey, sugar, products made from white flour, white rice, and potatoes without the skins.

Eat more complex carbohydrates, such as vegetables and some fruits (including oranges, tangerines, pears, grapefruit, apples, and kiwi).

Eat more Omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in tuna, salmon, other cold-water white fish, walnuts, Brazil nuts, and olive and canola oil.

And finally, try to cut out preservatives, additives and colours, because these can trigger ADHD-like symptoms.

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Jodi - posted on 04/27/2013

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Ok, so it "might" be dyslexia. I just find it very difficult to believe that a doctor would have labelled your children this young. Have they both been through appropriate testing? Until they have, I wouldn't be sticking labels on them. At this age, I find it very suspect that there is already any firm diagnosis of these conditions in your 4 year olds, especially as they are too young to be in formal a school setting yet.

Janelle - posted on 04/27/2013

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The dyslexic one has hard time focusing and the other symptoms so the doctor said it might be early signs of dyslexia.

Jodi - posted on 04/27/2013

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I'm sorry, your FOUR YEAR OLDS have been diagnosed as ADHD and dyslexic respectively? This is simply not feasible. A 4 year old can't possible be diagnosed dyslexic, it is way too young. ADHD, yeah, I'd question that it is probably too young. I know some people believe they can be diagnosed at that age, but the jury is still out on that one.

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