What is the safest way to get my 6 year old son with ADHD to sleep and eat?

A - posted on 11/12/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son has been on Melatonin for about 4 or 5 years now. He started out at 150 mcg and recently has gone up to 1mg. I keep reading how you shouldn't give it to a child long term or more than this amount. Melatonin has always worked but I'm really worried about giving it to him anymore. He has been up till 1:00 AM every night for the past 3 nights. I was going to up it to 1 1/2 mg and see if that helped, but I'm afraid to do it. He is on 15mg of Focalin in the morning and 2mg of Intuniv in the evening. He was a picky eater before he started the ADHD medicine and ever since he started taking them in March he hardly eats at all. His only meal is breakfast. Won't eat lunch, sometimes eats a snack and rarely eats dinner. Usually he will walk up to the table, look at his plate and say I don't want it and walks away. UGH! I'm trying to get protein in him, which is hard because he doesn't like meat very much. If I fed him PB&J every night, he would eat it. ???

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Sarah - posted on 11/13/2013

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A, it looks like you're doing so much good stuff for him. But I urge you to read Mark Hyman's UltraMind Solution book or get the videos. He goes well beyond no sugar, no junkfood and eating more veggies. His extensive research opens up a world of how to detox properly and get nutrients that aren't always easy to get. He's got a great track record of turning things around. The video is really a brief intro to what he's accomplished with diet. But the whole process is much more involved. Good luck with everything!

A - posted on 11/13/2013

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Trust me when I say, I completely agree with everything he said, but my child has always shown signs of something wasn't quite right. Even when he was a baby. It has just gotten worse, as he has gotten older. I can't force him to eat. I try to keep junk food to a minimum in our house and cook the majority of our meals from scratch, as I hate all this processed junk out there. He enjoys fruit and for the most part eats healthy, when I can get him to eat. I can't force feed him though. Before he was put on the medication he didn't eat much and didn't like many things. Now he doesn't eat at all. I I make baked tilapia, broccoli and mashed potatoes and he loves it. No soda in my house and no fruit juice with high sugar content. I watch all of that and steer clear. So I get this, really...

Sarah - posted on 11/12/2013

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You've got to do some reading by Dr. Mark Hyman. He's done some extraordinary work on nutrition and issues like ADHD, dementia, alzheimers and other brain health issues. He's a regular MD but he also brings in nutrition very effectively, based on nutrition with terrific results.

Here, watch this video - it will open a whole new world for you:

http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/06/01/adhd-...

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