ADHD CHILD

Vicki - posted on 10/22/2009 ( 42 moms have responded )

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ADVICE NEEDED FOR ADHD SYMTOMS IN A FOUR YEAR OLD BOY. PLEASE HELP

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Have you tried Chiropractic care. It works with the nervous system and keeps the communication from the brain to the body open.

Rosa - posted on 10/24/2009

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Vicki,

Please be careful with the advice that you get. Some of it may not be good. Before you do anything please seek the advice of someone with knowledge. That includes my advice in a previous post.

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Carolyn - posted on 10/26/2009

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WhenWe was told my son Jacob had ADHD we strugle with what to do next. We went to our doctor. Who was wonderful answering our question. We finily asked him the one question that help us deside what to do next. We asked him this question, If this was your son what would you do? He's answer was," If his ADHD was interfearing with his learning then yes he would give him the Meds. We now notice a different when he's on the med and when he is off. It like night and day. He doing better in school and around other kids. We did our studies on what med to give him and came up with one we liked. I strongly urge anyone do your research on med becouse each child is different.

Denise - posted on 10/26/2009

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My son also showed early symptoms. You need to call a Neurophyschologist. They will not evaluate and diagnos him until at least age 6.

My son is now 7 and has severe ADHD. You can go to the CHADD website for information and support groups

Heidi - posted on 10/26/2009

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Quoting Bekki:



Quoting Brittney:

No red dye in foods, ravioli's, red sauces. No medicine. All ADHD is a behavioral thing reguardless what society says. Get your child into yoga and mediataion. I started my son at 4 years old and all the doctors thought I was giving him meds. nope just yoga and mediataion.





uhhhh sorry but thats incorrect. ADHD is not just a "behavioral thing" it is a psychological disorder of imbalanced chemicals and neurotransmitters.






 






Read the DSM, any edition will do.






But the dyes and all the preservatives and hormones in foods set off the behavior problems. If u do an elimination diet u can see that.



Alot of children who r dx with ADHD actually have food alergies. the tests for ADHD dont actually test the chemicals and neurotransmitters, they just ask u fill out paper work and test their attention and ask teachers to fill out papers and take all that information and put it agianst a list of behaviors that r supposed to be ADHD behaviors and make an educated geuss. I am not saying ADHD isnt real my son has it and I know how hard it can b, Im saying there r factors that set off the behaviors.

Jennifer - posted on 10/26/2009

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Wow, this has been very informative. I believe my daughter has this problem but we've been able to manage it. However, the advice below from Tegan was great! I haven't taken my daughter to be "diagnosed" and I will do that right away! Thanks to all!!!

Isabel - posted on 10/26/2009

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Watch his diet - sugar, coldrinks can cause symtoms. Get a good protein drink/milkshake add some good powdered vitamins [sunshine Vitamins] and he also needs zinc, calmag and vit C. Nutrition is the best cure - ritalin is cocaine based and very harmful to children

Bekki - posted on 10/25/2009

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Have your child GARS tested for aspergers syndrome. It is climbing in numbers and some children previously thought to be ADHD or ADD have turned out to be very mildly autistic. My son has aspergers and you would almost be positive he has ADHD. But no .. he is just high functioning autistic.

Bekki - posted on 10/25/2009

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Quoting Brittney:

No red dye in foods, ravioli's, red sauces. No medicine. All ADHD is a behavioral thing reguardless what society says. Get your child into yoga and mediataion. I started my son at 4 years old and all the doctors thought I was giving him meds. nope just yoga and mediataion.


uhhhh sorry but thats incorrect. ADHD is not just a "behavioral thing" it is a psychological disorder of imbalanced chemicals and neurotransmitters.



 



Read the DSM, any edition will do.

Lisa - posted on 10/25/2009

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Quoting Anissa:

DOESN'T HAVE TO DO WITH DIET. THE MALE IS THE ONE WHO MAKES THE CHILD DEVELOP THIS DISORDER. IF HE IS ON DRUGS AND TRYING TO CONCEIVE A CHILD, THAT WILL CAUSE CHILD TO HAVE SPEECH PROBLEMS, ADHD, AS WELL AS OTHER PROBLEMS


That is true in my research it is said that it is the male gene that carries the disorder but it can be passsed on to females but it does not happen very often

Lisa - posted on 10/25/2009

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My son is 15yrs old and was diagnoised at the age of 41/2 years old he also had sleep problems speech problems anxiety and border line aspergers no child has just adhd it is a mix of problems but they only point out adhd.My son was on meds at school when he was at home he was off his meds,you have to consider the other childeren and the teacher they are all there to learn and if your child is causing a problem than no one is learning and thats not fair. When he is at home he does not have to sit at a desk he can run around and talk as much as he wants, and it worked fine he was happy and he was learning and keeping up with his peers diets do help to a certain degree but it's not the only answer meds do work. My son was a lonely, overweight little boy that no one understood and could not even draw a picture after 6 mths on meds and a change in diet and a very persistant mother he turned into a happy and healthy little boy. His problems will never go away but with help and lots of love he and you will learn how to cope. You need to be persistant in asking for help I told on several occasions that I was a parinod mother only to prove them wrong and read what ever books you can on adhd it will benifit you and your child. My son is no longer on his meds and has learned to do things in different ways that help to get things done his anxiety is now his biggest problem but where getting there. Remember be persistant with teachers and doctors read lots of books, set up a routine for him, put him on meds, change his diet and give him lots of love and never be afraid to ask for help because you will need it and find out what his other problems are and treat them as well

Carmen - posted on 10/25/2009

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yo tengo una hija con esta condicion ADHD y es muy dificil por que nadie entiende que a estos ninos con esta condicon ADHD hay que tratarlos con mucho amor y comprencion

Susan - posted on 10/25/2009

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My son is now 31 but was diagnosed with ADHD years ago. I was very interested in what kinds of food would set him off. I did a lot of experimenting and two of the things that were very bad for him are tomatos(mostly ketchup) and milk product(ice cream being the worst). There is also believe dif blood type should eat dif type food. Maybe find blood type and go to health food store and ask about Blood Type Diet any good health store will know what you are asking for. Hope this is helpful and good luck!

Heidi - posted on 10/24/2009

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I have a 9 yr old son with tourettes, ADHD, OCD, and pervasive developemental disorder. I choose not to medicate my son. It took alot of reaserch and going to doctors galore to come to this desision. I did medicate him once but I could not bare to see him have the side effects that came with it. In all my research I found out that ADHD meds. r not tested fully and r bias and have so many side effects I was not willing to take the gamble with my sons life. I have actually talked with mothers who now have to treat there children for heart problems due to the long term use of the meds. and even some whos children died of heart failer. I am not saying not to medicate your child but I am saying do your research on anything they perscribe before giving it to your child! Some people just blindly listen to thier doctors puting thier kids on coktails of meds. Docters r paid by perscription companies to give certian meds. to thier patiants and the doctors don't even know if it will work. The many doctors I went and saw through the years talked with my son and dx him and then tried to hand me a hand full of perscriptions and said if this doesnt work will up the dosage or add more kinds, I actually had a nerologist want to put my 6 yr old on anti-sycotics for tics! What I did was exaust every possibility before ever turning back to that. I have takin ALL dyes out of my sons diet, given him lots of different vitamins and most of all worked with him on his hyper activity and anger. I also feel that meds. do cover the symptoms but they dont teach the child to deal with the problem, so if they ever go off the meds (wich most do after they r out of the house and grown) they dont know what to do with therselves. I have talked with some now adults who used to b on meds at home and they told me when they grew up they stopped all meds and then went to drugs to cope with the change (not saying that is typical). It took till this year in school for my son to have good days but he is finally starting to understand when he needs a break and he leaves the class room till he calms down or has a movement break then goes right back to work. Schools have to accomidate if u have a dx they can put them on a 504plan or and IEP(Individual Education Plan) it is law that they do this if u ask. They will do some tests and have meetings with u and u can push for it especialy if his schooling is suffering for it. I have a 3 yr old that Im getting tested already to set things up for him when he starts school. I am not trying to make people mad with this thred because everyones situation is different but this is my personal opinion and I have alot of experience to back it up and iv done ALOT of research! hope some of this helps

Frances - posted on 10/24/2009

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I was an ADHD child, non-medicated, with behavior problems in school, during a time when they didn't even have a name for my condition. I still have ADD, and take a high dosage DHA Omega 3 oil for it, with great success. Some studies have pointed to a lack of magnesium in the diet as an additional cause of ADHD, for my father didn't have it, and I did. I have three ADHD grandchildren, and none of them are on prescription meds. Their mother is very careful about letting them have any junk foods, i.e. those with many preservatives in them, only lets them have controlled amounts of sugar, and they all take Omega 3 Essential Fatty Oils. The youngest one has it put into his morning and evening smoothies, the 8 year old takes a children's dosage with breakfast and dinner and the 12 year old, because of her size (she's wearing size 8 1/2 ladies' shoes, and size medium ladies' clothing and weighs 130 lbs), takes the adult dosage, again with breakfast and dinner. The change in their behavior has been phenomenal, but the bad behavior resurfaces if my daughter, for any reason, forgets to supervise their taking this supplement and they get their hands on any "unauthorized" treats. I highly advise children's vitamins as well, the ones that are free of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, because the soil is so depleted now, and no one, no matter how well they eat, is getting enough nutrients from their food alone. You can find these supplements at Whole Foods, and sometimes Trader Joe's. All the best.

Rosa - posted on 10/24/2009

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Hi, First, and most importantly, understand your child and what level of ADD they have. Find a good pediatrician, this makes a huge difference.

Now, with our son he was diagnosed in 3rd grade. What we have used in meds, along with BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION. (I have capitolized this because I believe that this is the key. He knows that when he makes a choice it has a consequence, good or bad.)

Our son is now 12, in the 7th grade and has maintained A's & B's since grades have been issued. He is a wonderful, kind and energetic kid. I love everything about him, and would not change a thing that makes him who he is. He is an avid sports player, in soccer year round, and football in the fall. Please look at all of your options, food is not a trigger for our son, but for yours it may be. Just educate yourself, and Thank God each day for the abundant treasure that your son is in this world! One last piece of advice, Stand up for your rights as a parent. It will show your son he has value, and if you don't take a stand, why should anyone else? Enjoy the person that he is, and have support from your family! Enjoy the journey...I am.

Vivian - posted on 10/24/2009

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BUSY ALL THE TIME CAN'T SLEEP AT NIGHT, THEY SEE THINGS DIFFERNT FROM OTHER. IT'S HAS SOMETHING DO WITH THE NERVES SYSTOM I USE NATUARL HERBAL IT'S CALL CALM CHILD FROM THE VITMAN STORE ASK A SALE PERSON ABOUT NATUARL HERBAL FOR ADHD I HAVE A CHILD WITH THIS SHE OLDER BUT STAY FRIM IN ALL THAT YOU DO AND SEEK HELP FOR YOUR CHILD BECAUSE THE OLDER THEY GET IT GET A LITTLE HARDER SO WORK ON IT NOW BECAUSE THEY NEED HELP TO KNOW WHY THEY ARE SO BUSY ALL THE TIME

Mandy - posted on 10/24/2009

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I lived with AD/HD all my life and I excelled in school. There are many different types of ADD (and AD/HD). Not all doctors know all the answers; not all kids need medication. I detest medication, but I did have my youngest on some for about 2 years. I kept telling him that he could overcome the need for the medication by using his mind to notice and control his own symptoms. I'm very proud of him for being able to do this most the time. Even as an adult, I sometimes have trouble noticing and controlling my own symptoms.



I read a great book once about AD/HD, but can't remember the title. It listed 7 different distinct types. I do believe diet has a lot to do with it.



For me, AD/HD DOES define my life as it is a big part of who I am and how I react, but most AD/HD or ADD folks are very smart, etc., as the special ed teacher's reply pointed out.



My best way to help my son was to share my experiences and how I learned to overcome them. Sometimes deep breaths just to slow down. Meditation seems to be a good suggestion. Diet is also critical. But also, keep in mind that AD/HD bodies can react differently to drugs and things. Coffee can calm you, sleeping pills can keep you from sleeping, etc.



I had to dial 911 a couple weeks ago when my son brought home a kid wherein they changed his AD/HD medication and he had collapsed. (Doctors do "practice" medicine.")



Good luck in your endeavors.

Carol - posted on 10/24/2009

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My son did not show the full signs and symptoms of ADD and or ADHD until he was hit with a traumatic event. Although, there were little signs when he started school. But not enough to seek help. It wasn't until he started middle school and was bullied and his father left home for a divorce. For this, I sought counseling for him. And with that, we found that he was experiencing the symptoms of ADD. He has tried several medications but it wasn't until we tried Vyvance. He is also taking Fluoxetine. It was the right combination for him. He went from failing 99% of his classes to becoming a honor student. Mind you, I took him out of that school that would not address the bullying to a school that had a no tolerance for bullying. It did, with all that he tried, take some time for his body to adjust to the medication. But once we were past that, he loved how much better it made him feel. He could concentrate and ect.
I have added some information I feel that really describes what the brain is going through. There is a video of what goes on in the brain at the end of this message.

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a common neurobehavioral problem that affects children as well as some adults.
Causes of ADHD
Some research suggests that the cause of ADHD is a genetic deficiency of certain neurotransmitters. The brain is composed of millions of interconnecting nerve cells called neurons.

In order for a person to think, move, or feel, these neurons must communicate with one another. They do so by sending and receiving chemical messengers called neurotransmitters.

When a neurotransmitter is released from a neuron, it crosses a gap called a synapse and binds to a receptor on another neuron, thus passing on a signal.
Symptoms of ADHD
The symptoms of the disorder include impulsiveness, hyperactivity, and an inability to maintain attention.
What Does Dopamine Do?
Neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, help regulate behavior. Without dopamine, neurons in the frontal cortex of the brain, which is responsible for attention, do not communicate properly. There is also evidence that the neuronal receptors that recognize dopamine are dysfunctional in people with ADHD.

What Causes ADD in Adolescents and Adults?
The Basic Characteristics of ADD

The three main characteristics of ADD are:

1. Inattention

difficulty organizing tasks
difficulty staying on task (quick loss of interest) and maintaining effort
difficulty with transitions or prioritizing tasks, following instructions, and completing school work
problems with misplacing things needed for tasks
becoming easily distracted by extraneous stimuli
difficulty remembering daily activities
2. Hyperactivity

experiences minor motor restlessness, such as fidgeting of hands
has difficulty remaining seated and talks excessively
has difficulty regulating restlessness to situational demands
has difficulty channeling physical restlessness in productive directions
has difficulty listening to others
becomes easily distracted while reading
3. Impulsiveness

speaks or acts without considering the consequence
has difficulty taking turns
has feelings of being out-of-control, which can result in obsessive compulsive behaviors
has need for high stimulus activity

Experts believe that ADD has a large genetic component, and is caused by a neuro-chemical disconnection between two parts of the frontal lobes inside the brain. This affects the central nervous system’s development, and thus causes impairment in the ability to concentrate.
What is the Treatment for ADD?

ADD is not curable. It is a disorder that lasts a lifetime. The best treatment for ADD is a combination of medication, behavior modification strategies, and professional counseling.


If you want to view a video of this, here is a link http://video.about.com/add/ADHD.htm

Michelle - posted on 10/24/2009

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my son is almost ten and was dx with ODD and ADHD at a really young age and had been on meds for this and then at age of six and half dx with high functioning autism

they did blood work up and several test before he was dx with the disorders

a simple test that can be done to see if really adhd is black coffee about a tablespoon if truely adhd he will calm down that is one way that we found out his dx at a young age

Christie - posted on 10/24/2009

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My daughter was diagnosed with ADHD between her k and 1st grade year. After getting a call before her 4th 9 weeks in k - the teacher was telling me what all she needed to learn to ge to move on to the 1st grade. I had been asking the teacher all year of how she was doing. No bad responses..."oh, she's doing fine." This same call she was telling me how my child was being mean to other children, cutting in lines, and she even threatened a teacher...in kindergarten. I was so upset to hear all of that in a 8 pm call from teacher instead of a parent/teacher conference. I ended up taking her to a specialist where they put her on strattera. It was a low dosage and non addicting medicine. I really didn't want to put her on the meds, but at that time didn't have any other choices with the way my child was acting. All through her preschool years, she was very mean and sweet. She would just go "off" on kids...hitting, throwing chairs, and even being mean to teachers. I had a great daycare center to work with me on this situation. My daughter has a great spirit, but would just flip in a second. She struggled mainly with reading through out school. Her attention span was 0. She had a lot of "can't do" attitude. She hated to take her meds and growing out of the strattera dosages. I found a chiropractor who specialized in NAET. A natural allergy treatment program. My daughter is now in the 5th grade. She is making all A's, 1 B (89.3). This is mostly her doing her homework. She loves to read books now and is doing great. She still has her spunky attitude, which I love...but NO MEDS. Oh, she had been playing soccer and with that came alot of negativity from other parents - players for our family since my husband was the coach. We gave her a choice to play soccer or try gymnastics...she went to a summer camp for a week and LOVED gymnastics. We are not playing soccer, took away that drama, LOVING gymnastics. My advice...take a look at NAET.com and get your child into something THEY love, not what YOU think they love. :0)

Melissa - posted on 10/24/2009

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Well they typically say a child cannot be diagnosed until he is 6. So be careful with thinking he has ADHD. It could be that he is just 4 and will grown out of it. If he does end up having ADHD be careful about letting people convice you to put him on meds. If you feed him foods with sugar, try sugar free items. They taste just as good for the child and they will not notice the difference. Also try a healthy diet. Sometimes foods can alter how a child acts. My Son was diagnosed when he was 6 and like you I knew earlier he had it, but it didn't become a real issue until he was in school. I let teachers and doctor's convince me he needed meds. They tried various medications until one worked, which was Straterra. He was on it for 2 years until I just couldn't take having an emotional zombie anymore for a son. It took his great personality away. He would cry about everything and always seemed depressed. Once I took him off, two weeks later they announced that Straterra causes thoughts of suicide. Do your research thorouly. I wish I had.....I would have never put him on meds....way too many possible side effects just to control your child. May God Bless you and keep you

Anissa - posted on 10/23/2009

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DOESN'T HAVE TO DO WITH DIET. THE MALE IS THE ONE WHO MAKES THE CHILD DEVELOP THIS DISORDER. IF HE IS ON DRUGS AND TRYING TO CONCEIVE A CHILD, THAT WILL CAUSE CHILD TO HAVE SPEECH PROBLEMS, ADHD, AS WELL AS OTHER PROBLEMS

Anissa - posted on 10/23/2009

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Quoting Cathy:

Okay, my son who is now 22 years old was diagnosed with ADHD in first grade. He constantly disrupted class, couldn't keep still, etc. He was put on the usual drugs and he hated them. Even though they kept him "calm" he was a totally different person. He had no energy, they brought him down. I do not recommend this to anyone! Check online regarding what your child eats. That has alot to do with it. There are certain chemicals in foods (sugars are a real no no) that make kids this way. And too, he is a four-year-old boy. They are supposed to be hyper, they have lots of energy they need to get rid of. That's normal. But seriously, check out the foods he is eating. There are websites that tell you what he can and cannot have. I promise this works, because my daugher has a 7-year old and it helped alot. Good Luck!


 

Trish - posted on 10/23/2009

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I first need to say that you don't have an ADHD CHILD, its a child WITH ADHD. This disorder does not define who they are. If you think your child is displaying symptoms (inattentivenss, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness) in 3 different areas of his life, i.e. school, home, sports, or friends houses, then you need to see a psychologist and have him tested. But I give you props for being so aware and attentive at his young age. I was still in denial when my boy was in 2nd grade and his teacher and school counselor told me that they thought he needed to be tested! The disorder results from a sleepy frontal cortex so if he's diagnosed food is not going to change that. Don't buy into that stuff. Unfortunately he will most likely need chemicals, behavior modification and lots of support at home to learn for himself what works and what doesn't. Take it from a mom whose been there, done that and is still working the kinks out. He was diagnosed 2 years ago.

Cathy - posted on 10/23/2009

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Okay, my son who is now 22 years old was diagnosed with ADHD in first grade. He constantly disrupted class, couldn't keep still, etc. He was put on the usual drugs and he hated them. Even though they kept him "calm" he was a totally different person. He had no energy, they brought him down. I do not recommend this to anyone! Check online regarding what your child eats. That has alot to do with it. There are certain chemicals in foods (sugars are a real no no) that make kids this way. And too, he is a four-year-old boy. They are supposed to be hyper, they have lots of energy they need to get rid of. That's normal. But seriously, check out the foods he is eating. There are websites that tell you what he can and cannot have. I promise this works, because my daugher has a 7-year old and it helped alot. Good Luck!

Belinda - posted on 10/23/2009

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diet is a huge step in helping children with adhd.... they should be gluten free. have no colourings, preservites and or additives. you should also avoid corn, soy and dairy. these are just a few things that make such a difference. but a great doctor should be able to help you with this and also advise what sort of supplements to take.

good luck.

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Get a book called Understanding ADD by Dr Christopher Green. My 8 yr old son was diagnosed 6 weeks ago & I was recommended this book by the peadiatrician & it helped me understand as well as it giving the symptoms. It is best to change the diet first to see if there is a change, no preservatives & additives etc. I had tried this for the 6 weeks until we went back & unfortunately it didnt help my son so he is on medication now, hopefully that will work. But check out all avenues first. there are many books that can help. Good luck.

Florence - posted on 10/23/2009

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have you heard of Chia? Its an ancient whole raw food that you can mix with anything, juice, coffee, milk or chocolate drinks or with any food that your kid loves to eat. i mix it with my sons chocolate drink every morning and they love it. it is SAFE for kids and has no side effects. it is packed with Omega3, good for the brain and it might help your son. along with the omega3 it is also rich in antioxidants and fiber this will boost you son's immune system. should you have more questions you can email me at papet_26@yahoo.com. Thanks! God bless!

Lorrie - posted on 10/23/2009

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hi vicki, I wish I had the answer for you, but im learning also in this area of adhd. I have raised three children now 23,21,20 then i adopted a little boy that is adhd,this is a total new experience for me. one thing for sure keep him busy in school and any activity he can explore,this seems to help them get to sleep at nite oh also talk to your pediatrician about melatonin. My son was prescribed 5mg. of melatonin at nite,it seems to help and is a natual seditive. I feel your exhaustion. Be strong and continue to seek help. Have alot of patience.love your friend lorrie.

Tegan - posted on 10/23/2009

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Vicki,

Looks like you've gotten all kinds of advice...I'm a special education teacher and have had many hours of professional development on this subject as well as teaching kids with both ADD and ADHD. First thing I tell parents is a visit to the doctor is in order. If you have a good contemporary family physician great, if not I suggest a pediatrician. Only a doctor can diagnose ADD or ADHD. Both of these conditions are brain-based disorders, it is not a chosen behavior or a learned behavior. I'm not sure about diet changing a brain disorder but that again would be a question for a doctor. It may not even be ADHD...one student I knew had a sleep disorder after it was corrected no more problems. The children I've taught with ADD or ADHD disorders are incredibly bright, athletic and creative. Good luck and let us know what the outcome.

Chrissi - posted on 10/23/2009

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I believe every child is different and different things work for different kids. With our son, who was showing problems at the tender age of 2, we took our doctors suggestion on diet control. I hear a lot of people saying "sugar" is a problem when really it's not cane sugar that is the worst culprit here, it's CORN SYRUP. Yes, cane sugar can make kids a little more hyper but there were studies done that showed corn syrup made kids more hyperactive as well as more aggressive and mean tempered. This was the case with my son. He was lashing out at kids at daycare and physically hurting them. I took the docs advice, took him off corn syrup on Friday and on Monday all the daycare teachers were asking me what I had done with my child because he clearly wasn't the same kid. The change was immediate...no more hitting, biting, scratching...he waited his turn, etc. I could not believe that just that one little chemical could make such a huge difference. Everyone on here has had great advice, and I suggest you try one thing at a time and find out what works for you and your son. Good Luck and God Bless.

Becky - posted on 10/23/2009

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My son is 10 and was diagnosed with ADHD and Sensory Intregration Disorder when he was 4. When he was 8 he was diagnosed with PDD and at school his catagory on his IEP changed to Autism Spectrum Disorder from Other Health Impaired. I totally agree with Cara Reid! And as far as medication verus diet changes etc. maybe diet changes and limiting suger intake/red dyes etc may make a difference w/ some children with my son it made no difference what so ever! ADHD is a mental disorder affecting your brain and has nothing to do with diet. This is my opinion....The only way my son can function is by taking medication...And he also receives OT and learns social skills in school. He is in a special classroom which has helped him tremendously(sp?) Up until this past March he has been in a regular classroom and was pulled out for special education. Of course I would rather he not have to take medication as I would rather him not have these disorders! But if he had cancer or diabetes or some other disease would you not give your child medication?

Cynthia - posted on 10/23/2009

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Our son was not diagnosed with ADHD until age 12! He has the non attentive type, not the hyperactive type. We tried for years to help him. We tried changing his diet several times, we also spent many hours and a lot of money at Sylvan Learning Center. To no avail. He is now on a low dose of Adderal which has made a marked improvement in his ability to concentrate. He went from doing howmwork every night, for hours, to being able to complete most of his homework with no help at all. And, he actually just made the Honor Roll. We also found that cafeine is a big no no for him. Hang in there. The key is getting the right MD to look at it.

Athena - posted on 10/23/2009

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im not an expert but with kids that age they tend to have alot of energy it seems like. that cant sit still for a short amount of time without constantly trying to move, that cant seem to pay attention to what ur telling them because there mind is racing , even when ur trying to discipline they dont seem to notice- my nephew was that way until he was diagnosed, they put him on a really low dose of med. and it has help so much hes a different lil boy u can actually talk to him and he pays more attention to what u are saying. but doctors might not do anything because of his age, they might say that hes to young. just hold on thats all u can do , i mean my 7 yr son is ADHD with high functioning autism and every day is a struggle, u just need to do things in a calm voice if can

Cara - posted on 10/23/2009

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Brittney, you clearly do not have a lot of knowledge about ADHD by saying it is all a behavioral thing. My 11 year old son has hyperkinetic disorder which is a severe from of ADHD and while some parents may use their childs diagnosis as an excuse for bad behaviour, others do not. ADHD is infact an illness which is well defined by medical practicioners. It's symptoms include Inattention, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour, which is not the same as "bad behaviour". While some children may respond well to changes in their diet, behavioral therapy over the counter remedies such as "Eye Q", others may not. It is up to individual families and their practisioners to see what the correct course would be for their child and they should NOT be judged by anyone else for the decision they make.

Amy - posted on 10/23/2009

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My daughter got diagnosised with ADD, depression, and anxiety at the age of 14. She always had trouble in school concentrating and was figity at times. In elementary school she was behind acedemically, and though I complained she needed extra help, none was given. She fell even farther behind once she hit middle school where she had six different classes with six different teachers. She couldn't stay focused in any of her classes and was so easily distracted by anything and everything. They moved her on grade after grade and she got so frustrated with herself failing classes that she began cutting herself. I had meetings with the school and counselors, with no real help given. She moved on to high school and again was behind and even more overwelmed. She was overheard by a friend saying she was going to kill herself. I immediately took her in to the doctors who sent us to couselors and a psychiastrist. They finally said she had ADD, depression, and anxiety at the age of 14. I had been in to see the doctor many times through the years. I have been in to all of her schools asking for help. It took her wanting to kill herself before they finally stepped up and got her help. She is now on several medications and is doing better in school. She is still struggling some, since she's fallen so far behind through the years, but doing much better. She actually smiles again. I didn't want her on medications, but I am glad we decided to go forward with them. I wish they had diagnosised her at an earlier age so she wouldn't have fallen so far behind. I regret not pushing the issue with the doctors and school harder then did. I mostly want to say that the medications aren't all bad and if they help then they're well worth it. Concerta and flouxine are the two medications my daughter's on.

Brittney - posted on 10/23/2009

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No red dye in foods, ravioli's, red sauces. No medicine. All ADHD is a behavioral thing reguardless what society says. Get your child into yoga and mediataion. I started my son at 4 years old and all the doctors thought I was giving him meds. nope just yoga and mediataion.

Lisa - posted on 10/23/2009

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I found out my son was ADHD at age 5. We went to a counslor and also started medication for just one dose a day to get him through school. HOWEVER just as important as all of that was his diet. We changed to whole wheat with everything we could. we tried to cut out sugar and anything with a color dye additive. I find if he goes to long with out food it makes things worse. He is almost 11 now and he is doing great great great in school......I had a hard time going to the medication but it has done amazing things for my son. and in the end his happiness is what matters. best of luck to you and your child.

Mylinda - posted on 10/23/2009

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Try keeping him off of sugar for a week and no foods with red dye. There is a product called Added Attention made by Buried Treasure that is all natural with vitamins & fatty acids. Our nutritionist gave us this and said it has worked wonders on ADHD children. I really believe most all of these symptoms come from sugar & dyes. Look This product up on the internet & see if you would like to try it. I do not believe in medicating children for this. I really hope this helps. Health food stores carry this where I live and it really taste great! Watch when your child had sugar and you will find it makes him twice as bad. It will takes several days before you notice a difference when you limit sugar intake.

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