Natural Remedies for ADHD?

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My husband and I suspect that my almost 4 year old daughter has ADHD. She has tantrums up to 3 times a day, cannot control her impulses, has a hard time listening, can't follow more than one instruction at a time, etc, etc, I could go on for days. Doctors are reluctant to diagnose children under 6, but based on everything I've read, its her to a T. We don't want drugs as we are an all natural family. I've read a lot about altering diet and so forth, but we already have a low carb, mostly organic diet and don't think we could make it any healthier without eating seaweed or something really out there. What other natural things can I try? Herbs? Minerals? Please help me, I can't seem to do anything to help her.

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Jill - posted on 07/28/2009

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Wow, quite a response you have gotten from people. I have an 11 yr old daughter who was very similar to your daughter at 4, so I completely understand. I have her on fish oils, which is brain food and good regardless of if it is an obvious help. I also do the probiotics, gluten, dairy, sugar and additive free diet. We tried other alternative things as well, but finally put her on medication when she was way behind her classmates in school despite a tutor and additional help at school. I was very against it until she was able to tell me herself how much it helped her with learning. Now she is doing very well in school, and feeling very confident ih her ability to succeed scholastically. You have gotten lots of other great suggestions about scheduling, activity, consistency etc. My daughter has food sensitivities/allergies and sensory issues as well. We worked with an OT, which I think helped, and she outgrew the worst of the sensory stuff. Overstimulation, particularly auditory would always set off her tantrums. So, also looking at her triggers is also great advice that someone else already mentioned. When she was younger we would either draw pictures or take picture of her doing daily tasks and post them in places like the bathroom (steps involved in brushing teeth) to keep her on task. Once she could read, we would just make lists. We still do it and it helps. She has a posted schedule for summer time that helps, and for school a schedule for what she needs to do when she gets home. I think it is true that these children need lots of positive stimulation and are highly intelligent. They are also extremely challenging! Do what you can for yourself so you can recharge your batteries. It helps. And hang in there, I hear these kids end up being the most amazing adults!! Also, remember that you know your child better than anyone else and you need to listen to your instinct : )

Michelle - posted on 07/28/2009

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Look into allergies. have her tested. food allergies cant make her act that way. also dont deal with ur peditrician with this have them refer u to a behaviroal specialist. I was lucky with my son and was refered to a great place that observed and tested him for 7 days instead of once a week visits. he was diagnosed with anxiety and adhd. we chose medications and did not decide this lighty. but it is hereditary and i was on ritalin as a kid and i turned out fine(at least i think hehe). for my son meds have made all the difference. he does well in school and has lots of friends. but i wouldnt worry about meds until school starts. good luck, its not easy at times. so take a deep breath, count to 10 and continue on:-)

Tammy - posted on 07/29/2009

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My son is 7 and has Joubert Syndrome which is very difficult to handle, but he also has tantrums and the inability to concentrate. The schools would not accept him because he could not concentrate for 20 mins. I found a product called Glyconutrients and he now concentrates for up to 45min at a time and the tantrums have stopped completed. Glyconutrients are totally natural, in a matter of fact it is a concentrated food product. If you would like to know more please contact me on 082 446 6965 (Tammy). I hope this has helped.

Kate - posted on 07/28/2009

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I had a similar situation with my son. I have four boys and Jack, the one diagnosed, is our youngest. I had done boys before. This wasn't typical boy behavior or typical three year old behavior. I went to a counselor at a local counseling center and asked if there was a way to diagnose them so young. She spent ten minutes with him and said,"Oh yeah, he has ADHD." He was diagnosed when he was three. There are medications that are FDA approved for kids as young as 6 but not usually before that. We held off on meds for Jack because frankly they freaked me out. I read all there was to read on the disorder and found out that the way to treat it is with methamphetimines!!!! I wasn't about to give meth to my four year old son! So we went au naturale for about 18 mos and it was fine. And then he went to school......different story all together. The principal and his teacher(who also has ADD) were incredibly helpful. I went back to the doctor at the counseling center and we talked big time about medication. I read more about meds and not meds. Talked to all kinds of people at school. Through all of this Jack had MAJOR behavior problems at school. Hitting, yelling, running away, swearing, screaming and he was 5-6 years old at the time. My husband and I were missing work because he wasn't able to stay at school. We finally put him on Focalin(in the Ridalin family). A HUGE DIFFERENCE! A GODSEND! Behavior is a 360 degree difference. He's a very sweet, caring, concientious little boy that we never saw because of the ADHD. I still find myself questioning the decision of giving my son narcotics every now and then and then he gives me a hug and tells me he loves me. And I know we made the right decision. My point is find out all that you can, go to LOTS of different people and talk to them about it and go with your instincts, they're usually right:)

Bec - posted on 06/21/2011

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Have you tryed fish oil there have been proper uni studies showing that over time in some kids things do improve. Another is flax seed oil this is meant to be good to and for yourself there is a herbal product called Rhiolda the soldgiers used it as a stress relief during war avaliable at most health food stores. With all the things I mentioned check with you own Doctor that they are O>K for you and your family to use as everyone is different and is always wise to check first. The fish oil for kids comes in flavours and can buy at super market. Good Luck

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Michelle - posted on 07/29/2009

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Hi, I have a 21 yr old who was diagnosed ADHD when he was three we had put him on meds, and was in speacial classes all his life what a mistake when he turned 17 we found out that he was never ADHD and were med him wrong all these yrs he is bipolar and a little mentally handicaped and if you were to look at him you would never know he is a great looking guy but has everyday struggling, but now being on the correct meds he does much better and is a differnt kid becasue the meds did help some when he was little but they were always trying to find out why the drugs just were not doing the trick if I had to do it over again I would not have jumped to the meds so quick, and study on it more and we were seeing a Doc that was sapose to be the best, but diagnosed him wrong for almost 10 yrs. Please check into all your options and I know that every day can be a struggle and you start to not even want to be around your child but I can tell you I was a single mom untill he was 10 and he is a wonderful man and my bestfriend and his also. Just be there for her and try to hang in there. Best of luck and prayers.

Michelle - posted on 07/28/2009

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been reading some of the posts and those that say its normal sorry but no its not. my son was like this at 4. he'd be sitting in group at day care and hit whoever he was next to. also he jumped all over the place. could never focus. plus as moms we no when something isnt right. as i said below talk to someone other that your peditrician. they did not go to school for psycology. you wouldnt go to a brain doctor for a heart problem. trust your instincts. see if your doctor knows of any programs where they test kids. they are out there u just have to find one that your comfortable with.

Kate - posted on 07/28/2009

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I will say that we found a natural way to help him get to sleep at night. Melatonin. Without it he is wound and rarin to go until 12-1 in the morning. With Melatonin, 8:30 he's in bed and asleep.

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Libby - posted on 07/28/2009

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I've read a number of the posts here, and scanned most of the rest. I WANT to encourage you to work with your pediatrician to rule out possible food allergies and reactions, but don't -- DON'T -- start with the concept that the problem with your daughter has ADD or ADHD.

First of all, girls and boys present in different ways. I am 53 years old, and have been on medication for ADD for about four years. I was never "hyperactive" but I was a tomboy. I was athleticly and academically competitive. I wasn't prone to tantrums, but I've always been great at holding grudges . . .

Point is, boys "with" ADD or ADHD present the behaviors you describe in your daughter, but girls "with" the same usually present in totally different ways. It would be good to explore her enterests -- does she like music or dance or gymnastics? Has she gone well into letter and sight word recognition?

There is a lot of good advice about careful and mindful food choices, about the home cleaning chemicals, and about time and attention. But don't get boxed into thinking that you aren't feeding your daughter right, or using the right cleaning products, or giving her the right probiotics, or the right stimulus or whatever else. After all, "back in the day", girls had hissy fits and acted like tomboys and resisted discipline, just like boys did, but in more "feminine" ways, most of the time. (Culture has changed a whole lot!)

Remember that, no matter what the behavior is, the underlying problem, if there really is one, (in other words, if this isn't just a phase, which all kids go through) or the possible reaction to allergens, immunizations (a big target for many groups) or environmental pollutants, YOU are your daughter's first advocate for proper diagnosis if there is indeed an underlying issue, and her first and best teacher of proper behavior, etiquette, emotional stability, respect for herself and for others, and a multitude of other pre-scholastic attitudes that will help her succeed later on. Love her dearly, do everything you can to discover what environmental triggers may be setting her off, stick to your guns on expectations and discipline, and love her dearly some more. Your time and full attention will be more influential than anything any diagnostician, therapist, nutritionist, or shrink will ever do.

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try yoga, or an active sport, I have ADD and i do yoga once a day and i used to play soccer and it helps alot, start a diff schooling method too, lectures dont bode well with add/adhd. cut out sugar ( pop/caffine/candy) eat sugar free food and wheat bread instead of white. overly processed foods kinda make it worse too. so lots of veggies and fruit!

mine is almost under control , i have my moments but 90 percent of the time im okay.

Dawn - posted on 07/27/2009

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i was actually a child with adhd and to this day i still have it but under control... my parents did it with natural diets and natural food no foods with red dyes for some strange reason it aggrivates the adhd in the child youbest bet is to ask your peditrition or you family doctor for some natural diets..

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''Try discipline, and stick to it. It worked for my kids. Kids are going to demand attention, and they are going to try and find the best or easiest way to get attention. When we give in to their tantrums, we encourage bad behavior. When a child does well, he should be praised, but when a child misbehaves, there should be consequences for'' their actions. I think if your child has a hard time paying attention, (because that's what ADD stands for right?} than you should first of all remove sugar from their diets and be vigilant on what they watch on t v, and just as important, how much time they spend playing those ever so harmful video games.







sandra... i tried discipline but because my son has ADHD and forgets alot all the time.. he just does not get it. i have never given in to a tantrum and i punish him too.. but when he forgets rules and so on it just does not work :( i can tell him over and over.. get down to his level and everythong but less than 5 minutes later it will be forgotten by him or he acts on impulse without giving a thought to the consequenses.. :( but i am so glad that it works for your child.. i hope it continues to work too.. happy mum = happy child. lol xx

Tara - posted on 07/19/2009

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My husband has ADHD and what works for him, oddly enough, is caffeine. Instead of hyping him up like it does to most people, it actually calms him and helps him focus. I've heard that very weak coffee (cold) will help. I would also consider watching for any food triggers, such as sugar. Some of your daughter's behavior does sound like a typical toddler, even the lack of focus - I honestly would be more likely to suggest monitoring her behavior, be very consistent with discipline and routine, and see what types of things get her to focus.

Sandra - posted on 07/18/2009

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Try discipline, and stick to it. It worked for my kids. Kids are going to demand attention, and they are going to try and find the best or easiest way to get attention. When we give in to their tantrums, we encourage bad behavior. When a child does well, he should be praised, but when a child misbehaves, there should be consequences for their actions. I think if your child has a hard time paying attention, (because that's what ADD stands for right?} than you should first of all remove sugar from their diets and be vigilant on what they watch on t v, and just as important, how much time they spend playing those ever so harmful video games.

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A lot you are saying that she's a normal kid if that's the case I don't know what I'm going to do when her brother hits this age. She is in control of the entire house. When she's mad, everyone's mad, when she's happy, everyone's happy. And I get so frustrated because the simplest tasks take twice as long as they should. I'm on edge all day because of her. I just want the best for her but its so hard to smile and say "I love you honey" when I'm trying to control my anger and frustration.








my son also has ADHD.. alot of people say he is a ''normal kid'' and is acting out.. i was not aware that a child who's brain is not working as it should is acting out.. god im fed up of peope saying this.. and if acting out is not understanding simple tasks and taking an hour to brush his teeth as he forgets and does something else (i tell him like a hundred times)... then yeah.. he's definately acting out.. NOT!! i hope you find a natural remedy for your daughter's ADHD.. i have tried the fish oil capsules but unfortunately they did not work for us :( good luck! xx










you are my new favorite person!  that's exactly how i feel.  we have been giving her brightspark for almost three weeks with no improvement and fishoil for almost a week with no improvement as well.  we are going to continue until the end of sumer to decide if it works but if not we'll be going back to the drawing board.  (btw my daughter takes 45 minutes to eat 1/2 a cup of cheerios for breakfast every morning because she talks and plays so much she basically forgets that she's eatng breakfast)






lol.. yeah it an be tough at times when you just want something done and it takes soo long.. if you ever need anyone to chat to who understands im here.. just add me to facebook :)  im more than happy to chat/moan ect!!!

Amy - posted on 07/17/2009

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Check out westonaprice.org. You would be amazed with the articles that show success with probiotics and enzymes. And the food is absolutely delicious. And as a mother with three grown children (25, 23, 21) and an 11 year old at home---you would be surprised at how much "immaturity" plays a role in "behavior".

Michelle - posted on 07/17/2009

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My husband has ADD and when my son showed signs at 4 we started thinking about how to treat him. When he was little, no one would take him for babysitting, and he was unwelcome in general. We tried medications (three different kinds), and special education classes, but I think the thing that helped the most was realizing he had his own talents which weren't going to fit into the mold that society or school wanted. We had him re-evaluated at age 15 and discovered that he had a short term memory disfunction - not ADHD and that no medication was going to help him. This has taken a big stigma away and he now just tries to do the best he can. Sure he's still in special ed classes, but he's identified career choices which he can handle and he doesn't worry about having to live up to the ideals of everyone else. He knows that he doesn't have to be a straight A student or go to a prestigious college to be considered a success. A lot of conversations among moms revolve around bragging about how "smart" your kid is, and the children don't overlook this. They hear everything. So when you're crowing about your daughter or son's latest academic achievement, don't forget that there are other ways to be a success and let the ones who aren't academically inclined know that it's ok.

On a dietary front, I don't really believe that the kinds of food make as much of a difference as making sure that blood sugar levels are consistent. Our son gets very out of sorts and hard to deal with (even as a 17 year old) if we don't eat meals on time. Everything else can be totally out of control, but meal times have to be at regular intervals. Schools should allow affected children to bring snacks to quickly eat in between classes (oatmeal bars are great because the stick with them for a long time) and we always have something in the car or boat with us when we travel.

LaCi - posted on 07/17/2009

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Quoting Missi:



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Hm. I wouldn't be so quick to label your child ADHD. She is only 4, and kids have different ways of expressing themselves, kids have short attention spans, and kids don't like to listen to anyone.

I read something about a maple syrup and coffee concoction once.

There are some who suspect that food coloring, High Fructose Corn Syrup, and pesticides. You say you are eating organic/natural though.

But seriously, I wouldn't ever label my son as having ADHD. This is a disorder created by drug companies to market their *medicine* to a new market.

This is also the main reason I changed my major, more and more childhood problems, more and more drugs marketed to children. I couldn't possibly sleep at night if I were perpetuating these ideas of abnormal children who need to be sedated or controlled with medication. 50 years ago the vast majority of these children would NOT have been considered abnormal, but of course, 50 years ago we hadn't been poisoning our food that long either.

I will also say I worked in a juvenile detention center and 99 of 100 children were on medications they should NOT have been on, everything from ritalin to lithium and worse. Some have pondered whether these medications do more harm than good, causing worse behavior than they were created to sedate.

This is all just my personal opinion. I do not believe any child should be labelled, psychologically, unless they are a danger to themselves or others. Not paying attention? not a big deal.












i don't mean to be rude, but do you even have children?  not paying attention is a huge deal.  if your child can't pay attention to you they can't follow important directions, they can hurt themselves because they aren't watching what they are doing, etc.  i don't want my daughter to be the way she is, but i have no control over it.  she is not able to pay attention like the other kids her age and she shouldn't be spending her day crying and gettng herself into trouble because she can't control her impulses either.  i work everyday at getting her to settle down and concentrate but nothing i do seems to help her.  please don't preach at me, all i want is some advice and help for my little girl.














Maybe you should try speaking to a clinical psychologist and not a doctor. I said in my OPINION i would never ever label my son ADHD. Oh and be careful if you give her medication, my cousin is now retarded because of ritalin. And ultimately, if you want to believe she has a disorder you will end up putting her on medication as well. Children don't pay attention-fact of life. obviously I'm not the only one who thinks this, and yes I have children as well as 3 years of college psychology to date. So my *future* professional opinion, as well as my personal opinion-your kid is normal.










please don't presume you know anything about me or my daughter.  you are going to be a terrible clinician if you don't have an open mind.





don't presume your child has a mental problem when her brain hasn't had the opportunity to form or balance yet. Just because you see her developing differently than the other children her age does NOT mean she has a problem. I offered my suggestions with diet, and I got attacked for attempting to advise you to avoid labels? You are absolutely ridiculous. You want someone to tell you there is some magical cure, you have already diagnosed her. Ultimately you won't take no for an answer and you'll put her on any medicine they'll give you, then her brain will NEVER form properly or balance itself chemically because it will be forming and balancing around the medication you'll be pumping into her. This is why I say avoid labels, convincing yourself she has this diagnoses will do nothing but harm her in the end. Focusing on each individual behavioral problem and trying to fix each individual symptom is what you need to be doing.

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Quoting Missi:





Quoting LaCi:

Hm. I wouldn't be so quick to label your child ADHD. She is only 4, and kids have different ways of expressing themselves, kids have short attention spans, and kids don't like to listen to anyone.

I read something about a maple syrup and coffee concoction once.

There are some who suspect that food coloring, High Fructose Corn Syrup, and pesticides. You say you are eating organic/natural though.

But seriously, I wouldn't ever label my son as having ADHD. This is a disorder created by drug companies to market their *medicine* to a new market.

This is also the main reason I changed my major, more and more childhood problems, more and more drugs marketed to children. I couldn't possibly sleep at night if I were perpetuating these ideas of abnormal children who need to be sedated or controlled with medication. 50 years ago the vast majority of these children would NOT have been considered abnormal, but of course, 50 years ago we hadn't been poisoning our food that long either.

I will also say I worked in a juvenile detention center and 99 of 100 children were on medications they should NOT have been on, everything from ritalin to lithium and worse. Some have pondered whether these medications do more harm than good, causing worse behavior than they were created to sedate.

This is all just my personal opinion. I do not believe any child should be labelled, psychologically, unless they are a danger to themselves or others. Not paying attention? not a big deal.










i don't mean to be rude, but do you even have children?  not paying attention is a huge deal.  if your child can't pay attention to you they can't follow important directions, they can hurt themselves because they aren't watching what they are doing, etc.  i don't want my daughter to be the way she is, but i have no control over it.  she is not able to pay attention like the other kids her age and she shouldn't be spending her day crying and gettng herself into trouble because she can't control her impulses either.  i work everyday at getting her to settle down and concentrate but nothing i do seems to help her.  please don't preach at me, all i want is some advice and help for my little girl.











Maybe you should try speaking to a clinical psychologist and not a doctor. I said in my OPINION i would never ever label my son ADHD. Oh and be careful if you give her medication, my cousin is now retarded because of ritalin. And ultimately, if you want to believe she has a disorder you will end up putting her on medication as well. Children don't pay attention-fact of life. obviously I'm not the only one who thinks this, and yes I have children as well as 3 years of college psychology to date. So my *future* professional opinion, as well as my personal opinion-your kid is normal.






please don't presume you know anything about me or my daughter.  you are going to be a terrible clinician if you don't have an open mind.

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try calm child from your local health food store. i used it with my now 7 y/o for several years and it seemed to help her a lot



we tried that first, with no luck unfortunately.

Debbie - posted on 07/16/2009

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try calm child from your local health food store. i used it with my now 7 y/o for several years and it seemed to help her a lot

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You are right on Missi. Our son, who has severe autism, is now 32 years old. He improved only when we went with nutrition. Its funny that you should mention seaweed for he has been taking a seaweed extract for six years now as well as working with a Chiropractor/Nutrition Response Tester. His progress is nothing short of amazing especially considering that he was past his mid twenties when we began this therapy. Email at barb.john@att.net if you want more information. I will even give you a telephone call so that we can share stories about our kids. Whatever you do, do not do drugs. You could live to regret it and do more harm to your child.

Melissa - posted on 07/16/2009

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WOW!! It is NO accident that this is today's subject!! After extensive research, concideration and prayer, today is our families first day on the "Gluten and Ceisen Free" diet. My twin daughter's have MANY of the characteristic associated with Asperger's Syndrome. They are 10 years old and have overcome so many obstacles, many things in a miraculous way. We are giving this diet a try to maximize their potential and try to alleviate the asperger's symtoms (behavior, social behavior issues, fixation on one specific topic, etc...). Google "Gluten Ceisen Free Diet". You will be astonished at the information available and the benefits of this diet for everyone suffering from anxiety disorder, ADHD, Asperger's to Autism. The facts of how the body breaks down wheat products and dairy are very interesting. In the case of someone with any of the above illnesses, these products act as allergines and release opium-like chemicals in the brain. I'm very excited about this change in our families diet and the benefits that we are bound to see both mentally and physically. From what I gather about the diet, the jist of it is this, "If you can grow it or hunt it, you can eat it"... also heard this advice from Jillian on "The Biggest Loser". You can't grow bread, pasta, potatoe chips or corn dogs. God provided us with meat, vegetables, fruits and water to sustain life... it stands to reason that our cures "should" lie within those four major sources. Best of luck to you and your family. Raising children with special needs is a very difficult job. Take time for yourself (as I have to remind myself to do) and don't be too hard on yourself (as I've been told I can be). We're all doing the best we can and thank God we have sources, such as the computer, for finding ways to "naturally" heal our bodies, minds and spirits. What do we have to lose by trying this? Best wishes!!

LaCi - posted on 07/16/2009

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Quoting Missi:




Quoting LaCi:

Hm. I wouldn't be so quick to label your child ADHD. She is only 4, and kids have different ways of expressing themselves, kids have short attention spans, and kids don't like to listen to anyone.

I read something about a maple syrup and coffee concoction once.

There are some who suspect that food coloring, High Fructose Corn Syrup, and pesticides. You say you are eating organic/natural though.

But seriously, I wouldn't ever label my son as having ADHD. This is a disorder created by drug companies to market their *medicine* to a new market.

This is also the main reason I changed my major, more and more childhood problems, more and more drugs marketed to children. I couldn't possibly sleep at night if I were perpetuating these ideas of abnormal children who need to be sedated or controlled with medication. 50 years ago the vast majority of these children would NOT have been considered abnormal, but of course, 50 years ago we hadn't been poisoning our food that long either.

I will also say I worked in a juvenile detention center and 99 of 100 children were on medications they should NOT have been on, everything from ritalin to lithium and worse. Some have pondered whether these medications do more harm than good, causing worse behavior than they were created to sedate.

This is all just my personal opinion. I do not believe any child should be labelled, psychologically, unless they are a danger to themselves or others. Not paying attention? not a big deal.








i don't mean to be rude, but do you even have children?  not paying attention is a huge deal.  if your child can't pay attention to you they can't follow important directions, they can hurt themselves because they aren't watching what they are doing, etc.  i don't want my daughter to be the way she is, but i have no control over it.  she is not able to pay attention like the other kids her age and she shouldn't be spending her day crying and gettng herself into trouble because she can't control her impulses either.  i work everyday at getting her to settle down and concentrate but nothing i do seems to help her.  please don't preach at me, all i want is some advice and help for my little girl.







Maybe you should try speaking to a clinical psychologist and not a doctor. I said in my OPINION i would never ever label my son ADHD. Oh and be careful if you give her medication, my cousin is now retarded because of ritalin. And ultimately, if you want to believe she has a disorder you will end up putting her on medication as well. Children don't pay attention-fact of life. obviously I'm not the only one who thinks this, and yes I have children as well as 3 years of college psychology to date. So my *future* professional opinion, as well as my personal opinion-your kid is normal.

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Quoting Missi:

A lot you are saying that she's a normal kid if that's the case I don't know what I'm going to do when her brother hits this age. She is in control of the entire house. When she's mad, everyone's mad, when she's happy, everyone's happy. And I get so frustrated because the simplest tasks take twice as long as they should. I'm on edge all day because of her. I just want the best for her but its so hard to smile and say "I love you honey" when I'm trying to control my anger and frustration.






my son also has ADHD.. alot of people say he is a ''normal kid'' and is acting out.. i was not aware that a child who's brain is not working as it should is acting out.. god im fed up of peope saying this.. and if acting out is not understanding simple tasks and taking an hour to brush his teeth as he forgets and does something else (i tell him like a hundred times)... then yeah.. he's definately acting out.. NOT!! i hope you find a natural remedy for your daughter's ADHD.. i have tried the fish oil capsules but unfortunately they did not work for us :( good luck! xx






you are my new favorite person!  that's exactly how i feel.  we have been giving her brightspark for almost three weeks with no improvement and fishoil for almost a week with no improvement as well.  we are going to continue until the end of sumer to decide if it works but if not we'll be going back to the drawing board.  (btw my daughter takes 45 minutes to eat 1/2 a cup of cheerios for breakfast every morning because she talks and plays so much she basically forgets that she's eatng breakfast)

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Quoting Missi:

A lot you are saying that she's a normal kid if that's the case I don't know what I'm going to do when her brother hits this age. She is in control of the entire house. When she's mad, everyone's mad, when she's happy, everyone's happy. And I get so frustrated because the simplest tasks take twice as long as they should. I'm on edge all day because of her. I just want the best for her but its so hard to smile and say "I love you honey" when I'm trying to control my anger and frustration.



my son also has ADHD.. alot of people say he is a ''normal kid'' and is acting out.. i was not aware that a child who's brain is not working as it should is acting out.. god im fed up of peope saying this.. and if acting out is not understanding simple tasks and taking an hour to brush his teeth as he forgets and does something else (i tell him like a hundred times)... then yeah.. he's definately acting out.. NOT!! i hope you find a natural remedy for your daughter's ADHD.. i have tried the fish oil capsules but unfortunately they did not work for us :( good luck! xx

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Hm. I wouldn't be so quick to label your child ADHD. She is only 4, and kids have different ways of expressing themselves, kids have short attention spans, and kids don't like to listen to anyone.

I read something about a maple syrup and coffee concoction once.

There are some who suspect that food coloring, High Fructose Corn Syrup, and pesticides. You say you are eating organic/natural though.

But seriously, I wouldn't ever label my son as having ADHD. This is a disorder created by drug companies to market their *medicine* to a new market.

This is also the main reason I changed my major, more and more childhood problems, more and more drugs marketed to children. I couldn't possibly sleep at night if I were perpetuating these ideas of abnormal children who need to be sedated or controlled with medication. 50 years ago the vast majority of these children would NOT have been considered abnormal, but of course, 50 years ago we hadn't been poisoning our food that long either.

I will also say I worked in a juvenile detention center and 99 of 100 children were on medications they should NOT have been on, everything from ritalin to lithium and worse. Some have pondered whether these medications do more harm than good, causing worse behavior than they were created to sedate.

This is all just my personal opinion. I do not believe any child should be labelled, psychologically, unless they are a danger to themselves or others. Not paying attention? not a big deal.



i don't mean to be rude, but do you even have children?  not paying attention is a huge deal.  if your child can't pay attention to you they can't follow important directions, they can hurt themselves because they aren't watching what they are doing, etc.  i don't want my daughter to be the way she is, but i have no control over it.  she is not able to pay attention like the other kids her age and she shouldn't be spending her day crying and gettng herself into trouble because she can't control her impulses either.  i work everyday at getting her to settle down and concentrate but nothing i do seems to help her.  please don't preach at me, all i want is some advice and help for my little girl.

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Quoting LaCi:

Hm. I wouldn't be so quick to label your child ADHD. She is only 4, and kids have different ways of expressing themselves, kids have short attention spans, and kids don't like to listen to anyone.

I read something about a maple syrup and coffee concoction once.

There are some who suspect that food coloring, High Fructose Corn Syrup, and pesticides. You say you are eating organic/natural though.

But seriously, I wouldn't ever label my son as having ADHD. This is a disorder created by drug companies to market their *medicine* to a new market.

This is also the main reason I changed my major, more and more childhood problems, more and more drugs marketed to children. I couldn't possibly sleep at night if I were perpetuating these ideas of abnormal children who need to be sedated or controlled with medication. 50 years ago the vast majority of these children would NOT have been considered abnormal, but of course, 50 years ago we hadn't been poisoning our food that long either.

I will also say I worked in a juvenile detention center and 99 of 100 children were on medications they should NOT have been on, everything from ritalin to lithium and worse. Some have pondered whether these medications do more harm than good, causing worse behavior than they were created to sedate.

This is all just my personal opinion. I do not believe any child should be labelled, psychologically, unless they are a danger to themselves or others. Not paying attention? not a big deal.



i don't mean to be rude, but do you even have children?  not paying attention is a huge deal.  if your child can't pay attention to you they can't follow important directions, they can hurt themselves because they aren't watching what they are doing, etc.  i don't want my daughter to be the way she is, but i have no control over it.  she is not able to pay attention like the other kids her age and she shouldn't be spending her day crying and gettng herself into trouble because she can't control her impulses either.  i work everyday at getting her to settle down and concentrate but nothing i do seems to help her.  please don't preach at me, all i want is some advice and help for my little girl.

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Hm. I wouldn't be so quick to label your child ADHD. She is only 4, and kids have different ways of expressing themselves, kids have short attention spans, and kids don't like to listen to anyone.

I read something about a maple syrup and coffee concoction once.

There are some who suspect that food coloring, High Fructose Corn Syrup, and pesticides. You say you are eating organic/natural though.

But seriously, I wouldn't ever label my son as having ADHD. This is a disorder created by drug companies to market their *medicine* to a new market.

This is also the main reason I changed my major, more and more childhood problems, more and more drugs marketed to children. I couldn't possibly sleep at night if I were perpetuating these ideas of abnormal children who need to be sedated or controlled with medication. 50 years ago the vast majority of these children would NOT have been considered abnormal, but of course, 50 years ago we hadn't been poisoning our food that long either.

I will also say I worked in a juvenile detention center and 99 of 100 children were on medications they should NOT have been on, everything from ritalin to lithium and worse. Some have pondered whether these medications do more harm than good, causing worse behavior than they were created to sedate.

This is all just my personal opinion. I do not believe any child should be labelled, psychologically, unless they are a danger to themselves or others. Not paying attention? not a big deal.

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hello,my son has had adhd since very young at age four doctors wanted to put him on drugs,instead we took him to a homeopath. we found certain herbal drinks and aromatherapy helpful. camemile tea or juice calming. organic food very good,so no need to change what you already eat. aromatherapy which you can include other siblings or members of family together.which helps with attention massage your daughter and then let her massage you, i found this time of day spent with mathew special for both of us.he was getting attenstion,not tearing around out of control,we could dicucuss things that had happened during the day we liked and dislike. he was soon setting candles around the room for me to light and choosing which scented ones he liked. please give it a go with your daughter. my son is now 17 he is a fine young man and has grew to control it himself. school support can be a hassle as the child normally seems to loose interest.

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ok i have several thoughts. first are you or your hubby ADHD? it is genetic and if you don't it might be something else like autism.ok, secondly it depends on what type of adhd. i have read a book and done alot of research on adhd and a book that i recommend is :Healing add the beakthrough program that allows you to see and heal the 6 types of add. the author is daniel amen. this is a fab book. For the classic adhd he recommends an amino acid L- Tyrosine. 100-500 milligrams 2-3 times a day for children under 10. Grape-seed extract and pycnogenol has also shown some benefits. i hope that helps. i highly recommend getting the book. i got it off amazon for $7 and found great benefit. there is one type called overfocused adhd that has different diatery needs that the rest of low carb.

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Have you ever thought of her having a very strong personality? From the photo I guess that she has a little sibbling. That causes a lot of stress to the older one. I could tell a whole bunch of stories of especially my eldest daughter and tantrums. As she showed the first one (with a broad spectrum of strange behavior, screaming and falling against the wall and fainting), my very experienced doctor simply told me: If you pay attention to that, she will continue and even exaggerate. If you dare to ignore it, it will fade away. This gave me a lot of strength in dealing with temper problems of my six children (now 27, 25, 23, 21, 16 and 11). And I learned that whatever occured: When I thought I simply couldn't stand it any longer, it disappeared in the most cases. Just ask elder people how their children developed. I bet they can tell you a lot over precisely these symptoms, they just called it differently some time ago....I wish you lots of fun with your children. A last advice I sometimes give my patients: You should find three positive things about your child ( or partner or ....) every day. If you do that on a regular basis, things will change dramatically. I wish you success :-)

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A lot you are saying that she's a normal kid if that's the case I don't know what I'm going to do when her brother hits this age. She is in control of the entire house. When she's mad, everyone's mad, when she's happy, everyone's happy. And I get so frustrated because the simplest tasks take twice as long as they should. I'm on edge all day because of her. I just want the best for her but its so hard to smile and say "I love you honey" when I'm trying to control my anger and frustration.

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Your daughter sounds like a normal 4-year-old. Yeah. That's what they do. In fact, that's what 14-year-olds do. Be consistent with the discipline. Try to empathize with her (see the situation from her p.o.v.). Try to eat healthy. Try to get her out for fresh air, activities, etc. Make sure she gets lots of sleep. And wait patiently for her to turn 18.

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I agree wholeheartedly with Tammy Tucker in her prior post - stay away from preservatives, dyes, artificial sweeteners, etc and focus on whole grains, organic, etc.

My girls have really benefited from adding essential fatty acids (omega 3's) to their diet along with a high-quality (pharmaceutical grade) multivitamin. And, don't be fooled, not all vitamins are created equal!

Dr Christine Wood has a great article, Ten Steps to Protect Your Family @ http://www.kidseatgreat.com/ten-steps-to... where she discusses the need for supplementation and especially omega 3's.

If you want to contact me directly, send me an email from my Website: www.TheRESETTeam.com and I'll be happy to give you more of the details of what helped my girls.

I wish you all the best!

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I have experience educating ADD ADHD children. Right now I am a stay at home mom with an 18 year old, 14 year old and 14 month old. My experience with children began before the lable was "in vogue" and before the treatment of choice was medication. There are many behavioral/environmental techniques that can be used to prevent melt downs and develop attention that are good ideas for any child but especially for the kind of child you are describing. If you are interested in some of these I would love to share them. My email address is pjsolomon@verizon.net.

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I haven't read the other posts but I wanted to say that I had an ADHD child and two things made all the difference- learning what her "triggers" were (is she tired? Is she hungry? Has she had too much junk food? Is she overstimulated?) and heading them off at the pass. The other wonderful thing is homeschooling. We were able to gear her learning to her quirky energy. She would recited her spelling words while standing on her head. She is a wonderful speller now and only has a few issues with attention (at age 16). I think ADHD kids need LOTS of praise when they do well. They thrive on it. Never underestimate diet issues. I often observed that symptoms were directly correlated with intake of sugars, foods with intense dyes, simple carbs, etc. When I focused religiously on feeding her whole grains, lots of protein and minimal processed foods, it was a huge help.

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Children and tantrums go hand in hand. How do you handle them. You and your husband are the guide. Do you give in, stay calm, yell. Consistency counts when it comes to parenting. NEVER give in. I have a boy who is VERY high energy and has a strong will. The world may want to label him ADHD but I choose to teach him and work with him. We remain calm and talk things through when he calms down. We encourage GREAT behavior "I am SO proud that you picked up with out me asking!" etc. Don't be so quick to label a 4 year old. Every child could almost fit the profile. Consistent parenting, consistent discipline, and consistent praise may be enough. Also examine how you handle things when it doesn't go your way. If someone cuts you off on the road are you throwing a fit or is she seeing someone calm and in control. Parents need to know that perfect kids aren't born they are molded by great parenting. You will get a hold of it. No one loves her as much as you. Love her and encourage her.

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I work for an amazing wellness company that manufactures over 300 natural products. They have had some really good success with helping ADHD children. I would love to give you the information if you are interested so you can take a look. You can just email me at christie@wedeliverwellness.com.

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I once heard that some children are over-sentitive to cleaning chemicals. Can you try some natural cleaners like vinegar and the like? You can go to web sites like dollar stretcher.com or buy a book for saving money and there's all kinds of ways to clean for less - they are thinking more about $$$ but it might help in cases like yours as far as cleaning with natural ingredients to keep kids from being exposed. Just a thought. Hope this helps. Best wishes.

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Another thing you can do immediatly is to start to give your child supplements....a simple multi-vitamin and DHA, its a powder you can get at the health food store. This is something everyone needs and what it does it help in brain function, give her probiotics to keep a healthy digestive tract, your digestive tract is your immune system and if she's having food allergies, which I'm sure she is, then those will help her body stay strong. I am a student of Alternitive Medicine right now and I just had a class on Nutrition and I wrote a research paper on how it effects ADHD.

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I would be careful on having a child diagnosed with ADHD. When you do make sure that they do the lengthy evaulation; my son was diagnosed at the age 6 and 5 years later, I believe he was misdiagnosed. We did the diet thing, the structure thing, the couseling thing and the medication thing...none of these work. Doing my own research, I come to find out that there are other possiblities on the way he acts. To many doctors and teaching staff jump to the conclusion that the child has ADHD without looking at the big picture.

Good luck on what you decide to do!

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my son has ADHD he is 13 now and was tested at 7 results were ADHD, PDD the food thinkgs they told me not to use was anything with msg in it and i have found out that adhd kids can react to certain foods different i have a friend that could not take her kid to mcdonalds he would los it after eatting everytime mine is soda any kind dieteven sugar free dont matter it is sad hope this helpes a little good luck its not easy

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i thought the same thing with my son turns out he was just being a kid but my aunt has a son with autism and did not know it until he was about 10 but before then he had the same issues and she was all natural too and she would use chamomille extract and give him a dropper full in the am and pm but mix it with juice or milk or something it does not taste very good

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Quoting Missi:

Natural Remedies for ADHD?

My husband and I suspect that my almost 4 year old daughter has ADHD. She has tantrums up to 3 times a day, cannot control her impulses, has a hard time listening, can't follow more than one instruction at a time, etc, etc, I could go on for days. Doctors are reluctant to diagnose children under 6, but based on everything I've read, its her to a T. We don't want drugs as we are an all natural family. I've read a lot about altering diet and so forth, but we already have a low carb, mostly organic diet and don't think we could make it any healthier without eating seaweed or something really out there. What other natural things can I try? Herbs? Minerals? Please help me, I can't seem to do anything to help her.




My story exactly.  And many friends too.  My children and my friends children who i've shared my story with are healed.  I am not a doctor, but have seen diet changes, natural supplements, and a holistic approach really work.  D.A.N. is the current protocol for a holistic, biomedical treatment for ADHD, Autism, Sensory, Behavioral, and Developmental issues.



Every body is different.  Find a DAN doctor -- or at minimum an open-minded allergist -- who will give her a blood test for food sensitivities / intolarances (IgG ELISA, ALCAT, or Sage test).  You could also test regular allergies (IgE).   You may find that her body's severely reacting to GLUTEN, or CASIEN (dairy), EGG, PEANUT or something else.  It's different for every person and the symptoms that present are different for every person too.  Doing the test and seeing what to avoid in black and white will change your life and rescue your kid from a impulsive, frustrated life..

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At the age of 4, having tantrums isn't really the issue. It's the type of tantrums and what triggers them that you need to look at. Try and make a diary entry each day to see if there is a common denominator for what sets her off. Does she have repetative behavours which cause them. I found with my son from 18month onwards that certain places or action would trigger him each time. Low impulse control could be immaturity or she may already have found [not consciously of course] that certain behaviours get certain responses eg. wandering off towards the road, talking to strangers or going to grab hold of something hot all get IMMEDIATE responses. She is too young to foresee the danger even if she knows it's naughty. And always keep in mind that things she learnt today, in her mind, don't necessarily apply tomorrow.

As for her not following more than one instruction at a time, that is perfectly normal at 4.

A lot of 6year old in school still have to be given one instruction at a time. Just make sure you remember that everything is taken literally at her age so too much information is more than she can file and follow. I have been dealing with a child who has ADHD and Anxiety disorder [with mild aspergers throw in just to keep us on our toes] and I have found that with a combination of good diet, councelling, behaviour mangement AND medication we can manage. If she were diabetic or had a heart condition you would not automatically reject the idear of her going on medication eventually, please don't let other guilt you into rejecting the meds option if it becomes necessary. Last but not least, I know how hard it can be somedays. Many years ago I had a wonderful mental health worker whose name I never knew give my a peice of advise which has became my mantra ' at the end of each day, forgive her, forgive yourself and start each new day like its the first time"

Also find a good greek coffee shop where you can escape to when you just have to get out of the house or else. Greek coffee shop owners seem too love noisy over active little one. lol They saved my sanity on more than one occassion

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My son....who is now 17 has ADHD,ODD and a few other things. We have had Adam on A few different drugs for a long time and it does help trust me ,but I can understand that you want to do something natural.This past few months Adam said that he did not want to take meds anymore so I started to look for something natural also. My Mom seen a show on kids with ADHD and they said to use Omega 3-6-9 and it works well. It is just a bunch of nutrients that our kids are missing in their daily diet, you might want to talk to your doctor but I bet you will be happy with the results.

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my brother, now 20, had adhd along with other behavioural disorders... but i know the one thing that kept him calm was keeping him busy!!! i understand it's alot of work... but when my brother got bored is when he was at his worst... it's not so much a rememdy but it will help... try to keep her doing her favourite activities through out the day... keep high energy activities outside so she learns that she can get that extra energy out outdoors and not in the house... inside try to keep it low key... colouring, crafts, books etc. children with adhd usually have high IQs and i think that contributes to their need to be stimulated... my brother use to love doing the math problems my sister and i were doing in school... so we would play school with him and give him problems to solve when he was a preschooler... at 3-4 years old we taught him how to do multiplications and by the time he was in kindergarten he could do 3 digit by 3 digit multiplications in his head... alot of times these children are extremely gifted... especially in math... although they usually are behind in social skills, this is why they need extra attention in the area... with hard work your daughter has the potential to be a very intelligent well adjusted child/adult... but these children do need extra attention

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I have done these things many times with my son. He has taken the chewable Omega's 3, 6 & 9 and melatonin to help get a good night sleep, and multivitamins.

Also we have now gotten into a nutricial beverage that helps me be able to tolorate him so much better. He likes it and says he actually feels better now taking it. If you interested in more info about it, send me a message. gemdinwoodie@cox.net

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My oldest son has ADHD (8). He has been on omega-3 for quite some time. We are going to start seeing a new doctor that specializes in ADHD and he recommends that. He also highly recommends medications. Ultimately it's your choice, but I highly recommend that you try and find a doctor like this. He really explained ADHD well to us and said that there is a good chance that there are other things involved with ADHD kids than just the ADHD (ie anxiety, depression, turrets, etc). Once you treat the ADHD, then it's easier to see any other problems connected to be treated. He also said that kids that go without ADHD medication have a greatly higher risk of becoming addicted to street drugs/alcohol. With medication the chances drop down to baseline for "normal" kids.

As someone else said: schedule everything! They do so much better without changes or surprises and to also have the same routines every day. Another thing that helps is to spend some amount of time with them playing every day. It's hard, but really helps you to understand more and they get something they really need...to be listened to and to have your attention.

We will being trying meds again with this doctor.

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