my son has got adhd and he finds it hard to eat and sleep of a night and on the go all the time

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Claire - posted on 05/21/2012

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Thank you to replyin to my messsage tracy thats what i do i keep him in routine and have snacks on hand heathly one of course i start i parent course soon the nurse told me it would help because its a all new way of parentin a child with adhd so i hopin that will help jsut got to take everyday as it comes and every day is a new one.

Tracy - posted on 05/19/2012

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She is on concerta 27 mg in am and 18 mg at noon. Appetite and sleep are side effects. Try to keep snacks to a minimum. Or, my kids love fruits and veggies. Let him snack on melons, berries, apples, bananas, carrots and dip, celery and peanut butter, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower, yogurt. If that's what they snack on and don't eat a lot of dinner, thats ok. I have 3 kids and I at least try to make 1 thing I know that's going to be eaten. I often tell my kids I am not a restaurant, I am making dinner and that is what they will eat. If they do not eat, they do not get desert, whether it's cookies, ice cream or slushies. And stand behind it! Sometimes I even leave the plate on the counter and if they come up to me and tell me they are hungry I tell them there is dinner. Go eat. I don't make them eat everything, you have to use your judgement. This doesn't happen overnight, it takes training! Sometimes if he helps you with dinner, he might be more likely to eat it. I find with most things, If she has more decisions and input things go better. Mornings are awful yes, I am still learning. A friend just told me what she does, she gets her daughter awake about 15-20 minutes early and gives her her medicine and leaves her alone before getting her up. Talk to your son, and give him some power. If I talk to mine at night and we need to shower in the am, or have a good am, if we talk about it so she knows and agrees, more time than not it will be fine. But when I try to do something out of the ordinary it goes to he'll in a hand basket! Ask him later when he is calm if he wants to try this. Ask for his input on how you can have a smoother, calmer morning. Make a chart so he can see what needs to be done. If he has some input on the decisions or even the order things are done maybe it will go better. I have read some things about dyes and preservatives and some people have eliminated them from diets and claim their kids act better, but nothing is proven and that's not something I want to go into now with my fam. It also makes a difference in the way you talk to him, stay calm, follow through. Any of this helpful? Oh sleeping, whatever you do at night it has to be consistent. We put her to bed at a certain time, she has a small cup of water and can out of bed to potty. I only tuck her in once, and if she gets out of bed x amount of times, then punishment...and that depends on what is going on. It is frustrating, but most times she stays in bed but it does take her long to fall asleep.

Claire - posted on 05/19/2012

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well my son is 10 and he is on meds to he has the meds on a every other sunday as he goes fishin and it helps to sit still and he has it a school day twice a day i only found out in march tht had adhd and but since he started the meds i have notice he is very fussy with foods which normally he wouldnt be so fussy and his sleep patten has gone to normal he would be in bed for half 7 to 8 oclock but nw its moe like 9 and 10 and he is a nightmare to get up in the mornings. wht meds is yr daughter on. hope to hear frm u soon! claire

Tracy - posted on 05/19/2012

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Hi! Can you elaborate more? My daughter is 9, has ADHD and I would love to help but I don't know much. She is on meds on school days only, finds it hard to sit still through meal times, talking and what not, and usually does take long to fall asleep. How old is your son, what routines do you have? Look forward to hearing from you!

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