What can a child with ADHD drink?

Melissa - posted on 10/06/2009 ( 48 moms have responded )

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no sugar, no dyes, no sodas what can you drink besides water?

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Carmen - posted on 01/28/2012

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my daughter has been diganosed with adhd what can i do to keep me calm with her and o help her with this? what can she eat and drink and so forth..my doctor is much help in helping her

Nicole - posted on 10/10/2009

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my son is not on meds. to many bad side affects. The fish oil is my main sorce. it works.

Rebecca - posted on 10/07/2009

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I know this sounds crazy ( look it up if you want ) but my health care professional says coffee and red cordial actually reverse the Adhd process. Give it a go one day and see what happens , and no this is not a joke.

Sylvia - posted on 10/13/2009

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Milk? I'm not sure what else you would want any child to drink besides water, milk and maybe orange juice (I understand why OJ, which produces a quick sugar rush, might not be ideal for someone with ADHD).

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Carmen - posted on 01/28/2012

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my daughter has been diganosed with adhd what can i do to keep me calm with her and o help her with this? what can she eat and drink and so forth..my doctor is much help in helping her

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I had, well they call it hyperactive disorder when I was young. My mom still gave me kool-aid, but with about 3/4 cup instead of 1 cup. I agree with avoiding some red dyes, but the big thing for me was actual preservatives. If I avoided them, I did better. Still do, I have not really grown out of it.

Lisa - posted on 10/12/2009

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My son was diagnoised with ADHD and I wasn't told anything about what to eat or drink . He is on meds for it. I read on here about Diet Mt. Dew. How can that help when it has so much caffeine in it? I'm just looking for other ways to help him. Thanks so much if anyone can help!!

Monique - posted on 10/12/2009

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i say don't make a problem if there isn't any but he is a child let him enjoy life but things have to be done in moderation.

Donna - posted on 10/11/2009

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I have an 11 year old child with ADHD and his doctor did not mention anything about what he could or could not drink. Should I be asking my doctor about his and why there was nothing said about it when he was diagnoised? He drinks pop, should I be concerned?

Tracee - posted on 10/11/2009

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does he like milk? or maybe the health shakes made to supplement for nutrition?

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Hansen's soda is all natural, I get the ginger ale, as it has no caffeine, sodium, preservatives, and is made with cane sugar. It is expensive, but if you limit it to one can a day, it will last for a week, One six pack is 3.99. Hope this helps

Debra - posted on 10/10/2009

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I agree with Dawn, just be patient it will get better. My son has ADHD and has been on medication since he was 5 years old. This summer he decided since he was starting high school he was not going to take the medication anymore. He will be 15 in November and he is much better than when we first started. Now I am going thru it with my 6 year old granddaughter. Just hang in there and know we are here if you need to talk.

Pam - posted on 10/10/2009

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ADHD has many causes,however if it's a food sensitvity then the best thing for drinks would be low in sugar, but organic. the main thing with any child, whether they have ADHD or not, is to stay away from processed foods and artificial flavorings and perservatives, and of course the dyes. Really for any child the best thing is water. What I do with my kids is buy carbonated water, "Perrier", and add flavored liquid Stevia. this is a sugar substitute that cmoes from the Stevia plant, has no calories and no bad stuff. the good thing is you can buy every kind of flavor. I buy RootBeer and my kids feel llike they are drinking Rootbeer soda. They don't knkow the difference! Let me know if I can help further. This is a speciality of ours, in my holistic clinic.

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Quoting Anita:

Ok, I am the mother of a 17 year old son who was diagnosed with ADHD about 7 years ago. Contrary to what you hear others who haven't had to deal with a child like this say, this condition has NOTHING to do with what they eat or drink! ADHD is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. All you have to do is research ADHD and actually read everything you can get on it.
I'm not mocking anyone's views, I've just heard alot of bull about childrens diets being the cause for ADHD. A healthy diet is great for everyone, especially cy hildren.

Through trial and error we have discovered that, when my son is not medicated, caffeine is the only thing that will calm him down. Give him a bottle of Mt. Dew, and he's calm as can be. ADHD requires a stimulant drug to control it. What is caffeine, if not a stimulant?
Water, milk, tea, juice...anything is ok. Not like it's going to affect them in a bad way as far as the ADHD is concerned. Although, by personal choice, my son usually drinks nothing but water.



I completely agree with Anita, we tried eliminating the red dye's and other things and that did not make one bit of difference.  The more we researched and all of the second, third and fourth opinions we got from the medical professionals and the research we did showed us that it is a chemical imbalance that is very different from one child to the next.  My son is on medication which helps keep him calm and he sees a psychologist to help him through his dark and moody phases.  While the medication keeps him on an even keel, he does have a problem getting to sleep and it is worse if he has caffeine, but that is just how it affects him but won't be the same for other children.  As they get older they can "grow out of" the hyperness and I think it is more to do with the fact that they learn coping methods.  It's not the end of the world but it is a battle.  Good luck and hang in there, things get easier.

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I have many dietary restrictions and have had to answer this question for myself as well. One thing that is really good to try, esp. if your son is craving soda is using a carbonated water (I use faygo because it is only water) not a club soda or anything and then add it to just a bit of 100% juice (orange and grape work best) and it is tasty, refreshing, low in sugar and curbs the cravings for something carbonated. Also, apple cider is so sweet it still tastes really good if you dilute it with water or carbonated water.

Heather - posted on 10/09/2009

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If you haven't got ADHD you can't get it by eating or drinking anything.
Water is the healthiest option for everybody, but it can be a bit boring. Juice is nice for sometimes - if you can afford it. I worry about the calcium content in my kids' diet so to get them (all) to drink milk I make milkshakes and hot Milo's. They seem to like it.
Mostly though, your dentist will tell you to stick with the water.
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Doris - posted on 10/08/2009

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I am still searching for that juice and it is not easy. I usually dilute them with water. And I also keep an eye on how does my kids behave when they finish drinking the juices. Once in awhile i do give them sugar juice and send them off to the park until they start yelling lets go home I am tired. Just monitor what you give them and then give them water so it can wash it out of their system. Sorry, for the comment. It is hard cause I have three ADHD kids here and I have to eat 3 tsp of sugar just to keep up with them....lol!!!!!...Good luck.

Melody - posted on 10/08/2009

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Hi!My child has adhd.I can give her caffien free drinks,like juice,sprite,water,and caffien free tea. If she wants sweets she can get sugar free snacks. like sugar free jello,icecream.or even the fruit pops.

Nicole - posted on 10/08/2009

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Diet mountain dew is what the doc told me about my children that have it. Also nothing with red die. If you do not give the kids any meds. fish oil really seems to work great and it is all natural.start with 1 in the am. 1 at noon and 1 at bed time. Know my child is up to 2 in the am. and 2 at noon and 2 at bed time. if he misses a day you can really tell but his attatuied is great.

Michelle - posted on 10/08/2009

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Quoting Anita:

Ok, I am the mother of a 17 year old son who was diagnosed with ADHD about 7 years ago. Contrary to what you hear others who haven't had to deal with a child like this say, this condition has NOTHING to do with what they eat or drink! ADHD is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. All you have to do is research ADHD and actually read everything you can get on it.
I'm not mocking anyone's views, I've just heard alot of bull about childrens diets being the cause for ADHD. A healthy diet is great for everyone, especially children.

Through trial and error we have discovered that, when my son is not medicated, caffeine is the only thing that will calm him down. Give him a bottle of Mt. Dew, and he's calm as can be. ADHD requires a stimulant drug to control it. What is caffeine, if not a stimulant?
Water, milk, tea, juice...anything is ok. Not like it's going to affect them in a bad way as far as the ADHD is concerned. Although, by personal choice, my son usually drinks nothing but water.


I have a nineteen year old son and a 15 year old son with ADHD.  I too did my research and talked to doctors, nurses anyone who would listen and discovered that yes, food coloring can cause a child to be hyper.  However, that is for a child who does not have ADHD.  Both of my sons need caffiene to calm down.  My 15-year old drinks one Mt. Dew a day to keep himself in control.

Veronica - posted on 10/08/2009

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ok all that is true but it DOES help not to give them red dye and msgs and sugar and yes mt dew calms.........

Veronica - posted on 10/08/2009

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Quoting Anita:

Ok, I am the mother of a 17 year old son who was diagnosed with ADHD about 7 years ago. Contrary to what you hear others who haven't had to deal with a child like this say, this condition has NOTHING to do with what they eat or drink! ADHD is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. All you have to do is research ADHD and actually read everything you can get on it.
I'm not mocking anyone's views, I've just heard alot of bull about childrens diets being the cause for ADHD. A healthy diet is great for everyone, especially children.

Through trial and error we have discovered that, when my son is not medicated, caffeine is the only thing that will calm him down. Give him a bottle of Mt. Dew, and he's calm as can be. ADHD requires a stimulant drug to control it. What is caffeine, if not a stimulant?
Water, milk, tea, juice...anything is ok. Not like it's going to affect them in a bad way as far as the ADHD is concerned. Although, by personal choice, my son usually drinks nothing but water.


 

Anita - posted on 10/08/2009

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Ok, I am the mother of a 17 year old son who was diagnosed with ADHD about 7 years ago. Contrary to what you hear others who haven't had to deal with a child like this say, this condition has NOTHING to do with what they eat or drink! ADHD is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. All you have to do is research ADHD and actually read everything you can get on it.
I'm not mocking anyone's views, I've just heard alot of bull about childrens diets being the cause for ADHD. A healthy diet is great for everyone, especially children.

Through trial and error we have discovered that, when my son is not medicated, caffeine is the only thing that will calm him down. Give him a bottle of Mt. Dew, and he's calm as can be. ADHD requires a stimulant drug to control it. What is caffeine, if not a stimulant?
Water, milk, tea, juice...anything is ok. Not like it's going to affect them in a bad way as far as the ADHD is concerned. Although, by personal choice, my son usually drinks nothing but water.

Veronica - posted on 10/08/2009

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my son is 9 and i have cut out red dye and most sugar and msg's and he has ADHD and it works,also have your child ran around as much as possible.I have also had him in alot of sports.

Michelle - posted on 10/08/2009

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they can have fruit juices but need to watch the amount of dye...natual is good, milk is very good for them and the occasioal diet soda is ok...my nephew is adhd and this works for him.

Dawn - posted on 10/07/2009

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My son has ADHD and couldn't have anything with red #40. Trust me, be patient and now he's 15, no medication and he has his days but with time and patience, things get better and you begin to forget the bad days.

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I don't recommend for children the sports drinks as they are high in salt and will effect their digestion. It's ok for adults who work out alot but no ok if you don't. Check with you local nutritionalist or dietition, any Chemist can help there.

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Quoting Rachel:

there are sports drinks that have no sugar and no dyes that that he would enjoy. they are also loaded with B vitamins.


 

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Hi, it's hard but very important you stick to it. I've taught my kids juice is in real fruit and water is for quenching of thirst. My kids are now 9 & 12. Although not sufferers of ADHD they do have a better attention span with less processed foods and drinks. What we do sometimes is put "freshly" squeezed lemons and oranges into the water to put depth into the flavour of water. We grow our own orange and lemon trees and it becomes more fun when they have to pick them and squeeze the fruit themselves. The other thing to get is the apple slinky machine (from any of the major stores) instead of getting a juice they get out an apple and make a slinky (you'll have to supervise as the core holder is sharp). We have a rule if your hungry you can have an apple anytime, but if your thirsty there is always H2O (it sounders cooler to a 12yr old!). At parties we buy mineral water and add the freshly squeezed juice - if you get a juicer you can juice up watermelon - yumm! Good luck and stick to your guns it's important their health comes first.

Rachel - posted on 10/07/2009

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there are sports drinks that have no sugar and no dyes that that he would enjoy. they are also loaded with B vitamins.

Misty - posted on 10/07/2009

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My 6 year old son is diagnosed with ADHD. He's on medication to help his disorder though. Once you've got them in control of themselves it's easier to decide what they can or cannot have. Ever since he's been on the medication he is a totally different kid, but he is still himself; just in more control of his actions.

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Meilssa, We are parents to our 2.5 year old g.son. All he drinks is water, and he's fine with that - because he really doesn't know anything else. He does not have ADHD...but we don't want him to either....and for some kids, the ADD/ADHD issues are about what they ingest. Milk is loaded with sugar. For calcium, he gets plenty of cheese. Juice is loaded with sugar without the corresponding fiber to offset the glycemic "hit" of juice. He gets plenty of fresh whole fruit daily.

You also want to read labels for "excitotoxins" such as aspartame and Monosodium glutamate (also labeled as autolyzed yeast extract or autolyzed soy or autolyzed protien) These make their little brains "excited" and then the brain cells die...causing further brain health issues. Look for MSG (and its other names) in most soups, most ranch dressings, most "cheesy snacks", most spaghetti o or other tomato sauce based "kids" foods. You will be APPALLED at how many things these toxins are in...and how much damage that is doing to your little one. Aspartame is often in things that don't even say sugar free. Like Yogurt of all things! Even Quaker Oats Rice Cakes - you'd think they'd be healthy - they have MSG. BE diligent in reading those labels!

If you simply cut our MSG (by all its names) and aspartame and dyes...you might be amazed at how much that helps. Then a little "real" sugar (not High Fructose Corn Syrup) would be occassionally okay. And as others mentioned you can find products sweetened with xylitol or stevia that will be fine for your child. Look in the gluten free aisle too. Gluten Free products will have no MSG in them (monosodium GLUTamate!)

Adrienne - posted on 10/07/2009

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this may not be the most politicly correct answer but i have a adhd child and of course not in great amounts but i have let him eat and drink same things as my other children, also using splenda instead of sugar for mixed drinks is an idea and i feel anything in moderation is ok and hasnt affected my child any diffrent than with holding things

Kadie - posted on 10/07/2009

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my son has adhd also milk,water,fand a few srevings of natraual juices just when chosing compare the amout of grams of sugar in the different type of juices,i also give my son flavored bottled water walmart sell it pretty cheap its sugar free ,has flavor and carbonated so he really doesnt know the difference he get lil to no soda

Tessa - posted on 10/07/2009

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As someone else mentioned it varies from child to child. My son can drink anything he wants as he has got no food allergies. He is medicated during term time, but when he is on holiday and on a med break, he does drink mostly coffee or cola, and this helps to keep him on a level.

Cedar - posted on 10/07/2009

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Nothing with high fructose corn syrup or sugar. Try blending natural juices or buying them if you cannot blend yourself.

Eva - posted on 10/06/2009

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When I was younger we either had milk, water, Kool-Aid or Lemonade. Check with Crystal Light and Kool-Aid to make sure some of their products are made with no dyes. They both have the sugar free and some kids I know with ADHD are able to drink this or lemonade. No need for soft drinks (cola, etc) I know tea has caffeine but I believe there are some teas with minimal caffeine.

Melody - posted on 10/06/2009

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I have 2 children with ADHD and it is no fun. All you need to do is a elimination diet it does work and it takes along time to do. But at the end you know what your child can have and what not to have. Just remember every child with ADHD is different and not everything works for every child.

Penny - posted on 10/06/2009

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google ultima replenisher....it is an option. You may have to order it by mail. Check with customer service and see if you can get a sample.

Ashley - posted on 10/06/2009

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My 7year old son has ADHD and he is not currently on medications. I would recommend milk and water first. Also natural juices are good, but not to much. Maybe just a serving or 2 a day. I know this sounds crazy but caffeine can actually calm a child with ADHD down. It tends to have an opposite effect on them. Sometimes when my son can't calm himself, I brew some coffee and make him a cup with a little milk and about a half teaspoon of sugar in it. It calms him right down. It really does make sense because the ADHD medications are mostly just amphetamines!

Shirley - posted on 10/06/2009

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It is tricky but try herbal teas but make them like an iced tea. The other thing my mum used to make for my brother which he really loved was... She poured boiling water into a tea diffuser filled with fresh mint and Lemon Verbena leaves, left it to cool and put it in the fridge as a refreshing cold drink. It is really yummy, healthy and natural.

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Fresh squeezed fruit juices are the best or home made smoothies do the trick for my little guy. Also try rice milk. It comes in a lot of different flavors and tastes really good!

Sharon - posted on 10/06/2009

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milk, water, teas, natural sugars like fructose are metabolised differently and more quickly than processed white sugar.



The most important thing is when they drink them.



Like it was discussed in another thread coffee is used to treat add/adhd kids in lieu of medication by some people. My son who is ADHD diagnosed can drink a GIANT starbucks frappachino, mocha latte thing and fall asleep.



He has sugar free daytime - but he does well with fruits as a snack. Not a lot but some.



Tea sweetened with stevia is a good option.'



My son indulges in sugar freakouts before his soccer games and during - but mostly - overall - my kids prefer milk & water.



Honestly 80% of the time they prefer milk & water. 15% of the time they want juice and the other 5% hot cocoa, apple cider or milkshakes.

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