ADHD and Diet

Tisha - posted on 09/25/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )

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Has anyone had any luck "controlling" their child's ADHD with diet and homeopathic remedies? If so, what works for your child?

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Rachel - posted on 10/07/2010

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I have ADHD and my son is High Function Autism. I cut out dairy, buy organic, cut out most sugar and its made a huge differance. I focas more, less asthma problems. My son doesn't scream much anymore, is calmer, happier, and expresses his words better. I am very happy with results. Its been only 3 months and things are going good.

Amanda - posted on 10/06/2010

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HI there!! My son is 10 and was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 6. Only now have we found out that he is allergic to wheat, cows milk and soy. these allergies have stopped him from absorbing nutrients like zinc, vitamin d (levels supposed to be 200+ but his were 29), vitamin b, iron and others, which was causing the ADHD symptoms. now he is on a gluten free, cows milk free, soy free diet and i have noticed suck an improvement! he is still hyperactive sometimes, dont get me wrong but the change in his thinking and attitude is amazing! i suggest you get the IG5 foods blood test just to be sure because if i could have done all this years ago i would have!

Stacy - posted on 10/01/2010

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My doctor gave me a booklet that referenced several good websites. You can get overwhelmed with opinions and information on the web. These are all based on scientifice research and studies PROVEN over the years. It is genetic. Only controlled with medication. And yes, finding the RIGHT med can take a while. But, as far as diet, I agree all the food additives and preservatives are bad for our children and for all of us. Anything is bad in excess. The sun is good for you, but too much can give you cancer. A glass of wine is ok from time to time and can be good for you, but too much is harmful. Red meat can be god for you, but again too much is bad. Sweetners, artifical or natural can be bad for you. So many products have these dyes and additives that our kids are getting too much, but do not CAUSE ADHD. As moms, we do what we think is best for our kids. So, the proper diet can only benefit our children regardless of ADHD. But my son is typical 5 year old boy with the help of meds.

Josie - posted on 09/30/2010

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When our son was in kindergarten, we tried to control his ADHD through diet & homeopathy. He has always had a hard time gaining weight, so we didn't want to risk him losing his appetite on meds. (Among other reasons.)
His diet was highly controlled. After a month of bare bones basics, I added back one of the "evil" ingredients to see if there was worsening. Wtih each modification, we gave it 4-6 weeks to check for any changes. We figured out that his ADHD was completely unaffected by diet. Plus, with his diet so restricted, he lost weight. (Ironic, huh?!?)
Luckily, the teachers were on board. This was a hard time for everyone in that kindergarten class. I had given them a notebook to write in each day to track behavior.
I took this notebook with 6 months of notes to the doctor. Her response was that there was no way to control his behavior without medication. Finding the right one isn't always easy, but it's worth it.
Now, he's in 3rd grade and doing fantastic! Children with ADHD have a special way of looking at the world. With the right guidance, they can solve problems no else can.
When I start to get frustrated with my son, I remind myself what it must be like to concentrate with words or noises bouncing around my head.
Good luck!

Heather - posted on 09/29/2010

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I have found that compared to alot of kids I think mine do a bit better because I do cook our meals. We don't get alot of processed foods.Not that I buy organic or specialty foods, but we live on a budget and i feed 5 people so we don't eat out much or even get alot of convenience foods.I don't buy even Kool aid. We drink water, tea, coffee or some jucie(always unsweetened) and never a blend. They usually take their lunch. I make their breakfast or they everyonce in a while have cereal. I can't afford to buy gluten free or special things but I do believe even just preparing your own meals is a step in the right direction

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Joce - posted on 10/14/2016

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I had excellent results using BrainChild Nutritionals ADHD Kits. www.brainchildnutritionals.com/adhd. The mineral formula is really what calms my kid down. I think it was so deficient in minerals that this boost really changed things up. So much to teacher at school ask what was I doing different! I only used it for 3 months and I changed the diet completely to remove all artificial colors flavoring. Doing exceptionally well and Just got first A- . Very Happy Mom :)

Bellachicca20 - posted on 10/03/2016

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As much as I would love to agree with everyone my situation is different because he's high functioning as well as ADHD and will only eat certain foods. He's always been that way and he's 6. I know that if my son ate healthy he would probably do a lot better but he won't and I can't force or starve him.....so what should I do in this matter

Sarah - posted on 02/19/2014

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There are two books well worth reading. One is Fed Up With Food by Sue Dengate (She also has a website). The other is excellent if you decide to try dietary changes. The RPAH elimination Diet Handbook is a comprehensive easy to understand list of foods to avoid depending on what you are trying to cut out of your diet.

Beth - posted on 09/13/2013

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we had no luck. The only thing that came close to working as well as meds was caffine but they can't drink coffee or soda at school.

Lisa - posted on 09/12/2013

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I have had amazing results by cutting out gluten, (we already ate organically so we were good there). I also give my daughter a tablespoon of hemp oil, and a supplement called Attentive Child every morning..The teacher within the week who was suggesting I have her medicated told me yesterday that my daughter was showing vast improvements and to keep doing what I'm doing. :)

Liesha - posted on 10/06/2010

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I agree with Jennifer. My son is better when he is busy and is accomplishing positive things. He spends so much of his day getting in trouble that positive accomplishment makes a world of difference. We have had him in with behavioral therapists and are seeing a dramatic difference. We have to parent him differently and it is making a difference for our whole family. ADHD cannot be an excuse for bad behavior and it is helpful to know that many successful people have grown up with ADHD!

Jennifer - posted on 10/06/2010

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OKay, I have two children whit ADHD. Although controlling diet has help a little. Adding a multi vitamin with choline definitely helped. But in the end they still needed meds. But Meds alone don't work. I am a tough mom and it takes good discipline as well. I will not allow the kids to use ADHD as a crutch to get lower grades or misbehave. THey will be grounded for misbehavior and have privileges taken away. They are reward for good behavior and we motivate them with rewards for a good report card. It takes patience and sometimes that is very hard and you must be firm. As a result my oldest child is in her first year of Architecture at a major University. Try to see if there are Gifted and Talented progreams, music or athletics. My kids have to be busy as they work better when they multi-task. But there is a fine line, you cannot over load them either. Good luck.

Liesha - posted on 10/06/2010

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I believe that some kids who exhibit ADHD behavior can have their behavior affected by changes in diet. However, if your child truly has ADHD and it is impeding his social skills, schooling and family relationships, dietary changes are not going to affect them. Medications can be a blessing to the child and the family.

Margarita - posted on 10/05/2010

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I almost for got to let you know that the last to paragraphs where it starts "I also used to give my daughter Koala Pals™ Multivitamin...." is me writing you. everything before that is a copy and pasted version of documents that I have saved from this doctor.

Margarita - posted on 10/05/2010

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Vitality Pak/Provex Plus & ADD/ADHD
by Dr. James Hollingsworth

I would like to talk to you about a common children's (and adults) disorder known as ADD/ADHD and as you will find, other mental conditions. I am responding to an inquiry dealing with this subject and the use of a product from Melaleuca Inc. called Provex Plus. I will not give you a cursory discussion about this product (and one other, the Vitality Pak) , nor will I give a simple rationale for its use. I intend to share with you, using language that you and I would use in a conversation, rather than the technical and functionally explicit language of medicine, what you need to know to make a good rational decision. This will be a long discussion that comes from more than a decade of thought on this matter; as well as, treatment of patients and families with these problems. So here we go. If you can, as we go along, chew over this material, let your mind digest it, and then pass it on to people for whom nutritional supplementation as a treatment is hard to swallow. I will have done my job.

Why take Ritalin and other behavioral drugs?

As you know, attention deficit disorder as well as most other mental problems, are commonly treated pharmacologically. When the parents of a child with this disorder are discussing this condition with their doctor, a common thread is woven through this blanket diagnosis. This common thread is that the child has a chemical deficiency, and this deficiency results in aberrant behavior. Typically, drugs such as Ritalin are given to cover-up that deficiency. In other words, a chemical is given to cover up the symptoms of a chemical deficiency in the brain. For many of these children and their families the drugs that are given are a God send. Family life and school life suffer when children have this condition, and many of these families are on the edge of being not able to cope any longer. For other families, the trade off of the reduction of the symptoms to the long term affects to the child is not acceptable and the search for an alternative treatments starts. For me, discovering what this chemical deficiency is, seems to be a smarter course of action. That's where we're heading now.

Are there any alternatives and how is a the Vitality Pak different from everything else?

What I propose is to have you look at this from a different point of view. For those of you that have listened to me discuss the Melaleuca Vitality Pak, you've heard me say that I think this is the greatest miracle in the history of nutrition. Let me tell you why again. As you know the Vitality Pak is a vitamin and mineral supplement. What makes it unique is that the minerals are chelated with fructose. That is, a carbon atom is removed from this sugar chain and a mineral atom is inserted in its place. What is interesting is that after this transformation occurs the bond angles and the structure of this new molecule, a "substituted fructose", are identical to a real fructose molecule. Therefore, since these structures are the same and the body recognizes substances based on structure, the body treats this "substituted fructose " as a true sugar molecule. Sugars, including this "substituted fructose " are completely absorbed from the intestinal lumen, or inside of the gut, into the bloodstream that goes to the hepatic portal system and is then circulated throughout the entire body. This is the first part of the miracle of this supplement, that of approximating 100% absorption.

The next part of the miracle is just as interesting. Since cells need sugar to perform the functions of life, sugars are transported across the cell membrane constantly and then taken to the mitochondria and are converted to ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate ) , which is the currency of energy for cells. ATP powers the mechanisms that create the stuff of life, such as neurotransmitters, proteins of repair, bone formation, red blood cells, white blood cells, and we could go on and on. Therefore, sugars are taken across cell walls from the blood at higher rates than other substances in the blood, since we need it to convert so much sugar into ATP. This "substituted fructose " becomes an ideal carrier of minerals not only getting into the bloodstream to an astoundingly high degree but also into the cells of the body that can then use these minerals for the formation of the stuff of life. What is also nice about using fructose as a carrier is that fructose is not insulin dependent which makes it a wonderful carrier for a diabetic. Fructose uses a completely different metabolic pathway to enter a cell.

So how does the brain work, anatomically and physiologically?

You may ask what does this have to do with ADD/ADHD? Well, let me paint a little more of this picture, using the paint brush of basic anatomy. The brain rests inside the skull. Between the brain and the skull is the dura mater, which is Latin for "tough mother ." The dura mater is a tough membrane that protects the brain. Between the dura mater and the brain is another barrier, the blood brain barrier which is composed of astrocytes, oligocytes, and microglia. These three cell types act as a filter keeping everything that is circulating in the blood that could be harmful to the brain, from reaching the brain. Yet there is one thing that crosses the blood brain barrier easily. Sugar. Including "substituted fructose ." You might ask why is this significant and why is it necessary for sugar to cross the blood brain barrier? Even though muscles can use sugars, free fatty acids, as well as proteins as a fuel, the brain can only use sugar as a fuel. The answer lies in the physiology of the brain. It is obvious to you that the heart is an organ that pumps blood; the lungs are an organ which exchange gases according to law of partial pressures; the kidneys are an organ which filter blood; and the brain is also an organ. But what does the brain do? The Mind is what the brain does. I am using Mind to describe the myriad functions of the brain. If this self maintaining and self regulating brain, which is an organic machine, does not get the proper nutrition it needs to function well, it subsequently is not able to manufacture those substances that are necessary for good brain function and poor Mind results. Could it be, that the functional materials which are needed by the brain are not always there and the brain must make do with what it has? Could the problem be that while "making do ," during times of stress that the brain malfunctions in the same way that a car burning bad gas pings and knocks when climbing a hill? Could it be, if we gave the brain what it needs to function well, that good mind would result? Could it be, that this unique mineral delivery mechanism of fructose compounding delivers what the brain needs to create the substrates of neurotransmitters and other functional chemicals in the brain to allow the brain to function well? Could it be, that this could help children with functional disorders dealing with attention and performance that stem from poor brain function?

I would suggest to you that these things are true and that in my practice I've lost count of those children whose performance in school and in life and their ability to cope and adapt to stress and change has been dramatically altered and improved by this nutritional supplement, the Vitality Pak.

How do I know that this stuff works?

The question arises, have you noticed the same functional changes with other supplements? The answer is no. For those of you that know my wife Jo Lynn's and my story, you know that after I graduated from Chiropractic College, I took a nap every day for nearly seven years. If I wasn't sleeping, I was thinking about sleeping or taking a nap. I wasn't lazy, I was just always tired. If I wasn't teaching at the BSU, making house calls, or seeing patients, I was in bed at 9:00 p.m. During this time I took many nutritional supplements. At one time I was taking 24 supplements each morning and 27 in the afternoon trying to find a way to affect my life. I remember asking my dad, an MD, for a prescription of Ritalin. No effect. A prescription of thyroid hormone. No effect.

Nothing worked until a friend of my wife's saw her hands. My wife had a two and half year battle in which eczema on her hands which had become infected with staphylococcus. She was on constant prescriptions of antibiotics as well as topical corticosteroids. For two and a half years I sent my wife to every dermatologist I knew and nothing helped. We were hopeless for her. But still it got worse; she developed Staph tracks in the veins of her arms and we knew that she was in trouble. When this friend of my wife's saw her hands she made a simple comment "I think I have something to help you ." Such a small thing but this reflects the mission statement of Melaleuca Inc. "To enhance lives of those with touch by helping them reach their goals." My wife and I went to her house and listened as she told us about Melaleuca Oil, Problem Skin Lotion, and the Vitality Pak. We started on these products immediately and within three months my wife's hands were significantly improved. Within six months all that was left was one small geographic spot that comes and goes.

For me, the day that I started taking the Vitality Pak, seven years of daily naps ended. This has been a long explanation as to why, myself and so many others have benefited greatly by taking the Vitality Pak. My brain is finally receiving what is needed for me to perform at my optimal functional level. My wife's skin was getting what it needed to heal from the inside out.

Does ADD have anything to do with rocket science?

J___ was a patient of mine that was diagnosed with narcolepsy. J___ could and would fall asleep anywhere and over the years I've done everything I can to help him. After my experience with the Vitality Pak, I called J___ and asked him to come to the office. At the time, he was taking six adult Ritalin doses a day. When he came to my office I suggested that he take five doses of the Vitality Pak per day and to come back in a week. At the end of that time he returned and I asked him did you notice a difference? He told me with a straight face that he didn't. After some more questioning, he smiled at me and said "do you think there's any significance in the fact that I only took one Ritalin dose a day or every other day? " He was pulling my leg so hard, I almost hauled off and hit him! We both were so excited, for his life had so dramatically changed. Those are the days when it's so much fun being a doctor.

Well, time passed and that event was forgotten. Some time later, a nurse who worked at St. Luke's Hospital, came into my office. When she went into my treatment room, she was having so much stress and frustration from her many problems, she started to cry. Her five year-old son, on Ritalin, was on the verge of being thrown out of the day care center where she was taking him. And as she talked to me, I remembered J___ and a light went on! I gave her the Vita-Bears, told her the dosage for her boy to take and asked her to call me in three days. She looked at me like she thought I was crazy, and said "These can't make a difference, my boy eats well, " I told her, "I've been your doctor for years, just trust me in this and let's see". Three days she returned to my office. When she picked up her son that afternoon, the day care workers confronted her asking what she had done. For on this day, there had been no acting out, no violence, no reasons for time outs. They thought the boy had been drugged with a sedative. She told them all that was different, was that her son had started taking a mineral supplement from Melaleuca called Vita-Bears. That was about six years ago; he is still doing well in school and at home. This was the turning point for me. After these two events, I let moms and dads know what was available to them as a possible alternative or adjunct to Ritalin. I also then began experimenting when counseling patients and others with mental disorders. I found a remarkable response to the Vitality Pak, from almost everyone. Total counseling time and frequency decreased as a result of an increase in functional capability.

So what about ProVex Plus?

The ProVex Plus that was discussed in the inquiry is a combination of citrus bioflavonoids, dried grape seed and grape skin, dried ginkgo biloba extract (leaves) , and dried bilberry extract (berries) . Grape seed and grape skin contain a functional chemical called a proanthocyanidin. Proanthocyanidins are the most powerful antioxidants in nature. Beside their function as a free radical scavenger, they have positive side effects. They act as an antihistamine as well as an anti-inflammatory. Many studies have been accomplished that show the efficacy (that they work) of proanthocyanidins with an ADD/ADHD diagnosis, yet few if any, speculate on the mode of action. All we know, is that proanthocyanidins tend to help the brain function and in a remarkable way. Could it be, that the proanthocyanidins ability as a free radical scavenger and anti-inflammatory affect the brain function? It seems so. So after my experience in using the Vitality Pak for these conditions and after reading so many testimonials concerning the use of proanthocyanidins, I've since added ProVex Plus. This combination is remarkable.

So do I stop my Ritalin when I take the supplements?

No. That is between you and your doctor. Your doctor is your partner in your child's health care. You should let your doctor know what you're doing and your rationale for why. Use his or her knowledge to guide you. I usually tell parents to start taking the supplements and notice the changes. Then go talk to their doctor about either reducing the dosage or stopping the medication.

So what dosage do I recommend?

Basically the dosage per label on the supplements. If the child is too young or does not have the body weight necessary to take the Vitality Pak, then give them the Vita-Bears. The dosages for the Vita-Bears or the Vitality Pak should be split between the morning and noontime. Taking it too late in the day may tend to disturb sleep. For the ProVex Plus, I normally suggest from one to three per day based on age and body weight. I would make these recommendations after a thorough history, examination, and ascertaining that there are no contradictions.

Whew! I know that this was long winded, yet I feel you deserved a good rationale as to why to do anything that may modify behavior. I hope you realize the further implications of the Vitality Pak not only psychologically but also to your body function. I hope this was worth your time.

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Jennifer - posted on 10/01/2010

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We went Gluten free this summer and saw a huge difference in our 11yr old son. We also have our son in vision therapy which is teaching his brain to process information more effectively so he has less problems with his schooling.

Angie - posted on 10/01/2010

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yer it sounds like the same diet i have my 7 yr old on and unfortunately i will have to medicate for life because he also has ODD and PDD. but thanks its good to hear from other parents

Cyndi - posted on 10/01/2010

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I tried the high protein diet, no red dye diet, decreasing sugar, increasing fish. I found I do like to send my son to school with high protein diet because it takes longer to burn off than high carb and it helps a bit. I am still in the works of the high omega 3 diet this one I just started so I don't know if it works yet. please let me know what you find. (I should admitt I do medicate my son isn 9 and is on 54mg of concerta and he has a fast metabolism and burns through it)

Angie - posted on 09/30/2010

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i agree my 7 year old had a no colors, preservatives or additives and has made quite a difference in conjunction with medication and treatments

Heather - posted on 09/29/2010

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Spencer started playing soccer in kindergarten and still does. He is currently a senior. That also was one of the best decisions we made. In the beginning we also gave him one on game mornings to help him focus.

Stacy - posted on 09/29/2010

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Yes, Heather. I agree...my post was so lengthy, I didn't say everything I was told. My Dr. also told me minimal TV and to keep them engaged. Games and toys that stimulate their minds. We only started his meds last Tuesday. On school days, one @ 7:30 and nurse gives one at lunch 11:30, lowest dose they make. We just started soccer and after practice last night, I will give him one before our game on Saturday. He had a melt down or two because, someone took his ball, and one time because his legs were tired, wanted to quit. Not fair to other kids. IMHO

Annette - posted on 09/29/2010

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Absolutely, GLUTEN & WHEAT FREE FOOD! NOTHING WITH DYE IN IT! IT'S WORKED FOR US

Heather - posted on 09/29/2010

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I have ADHD and am 43.Both of my sons,25 and 17, do. We got my oldest son diagnosed in 6th but i knew and had pushed for years. It was only as he was failing the first time in 6th they tested him :/. My youngest was tested in first and here is my success story. Yes he has been on meds BUT only in school. HE is very full of energy and when he would come home he would go out and play and on the weekends he would play. We did not encourage TV. with either boy or any of my other children. From the time they were little we gave them toys to stimulate there imaginations and encourage self entertainment. ie: gi joe men or cars for the boys, blocks, lincoln logs. Stuff they could carry everywhere always have something to do. whether we went to the store or the dr. grandparents house outside. same with the girls. little dolls or books or coloring. One important thing we never let the boys have toy guns, yes the gi joes came with guns but as far as toy guns for the boys themselves, no. Kids who suffer from Adhd are prone to highly excitable and aggressive behaviors normally so to me giving them guns just aggravate that behavior

Stacy - posted on 09/29/2010

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And please do not get me wrong... the proper diet is ALWAYS a good thing, ADHD, Diabetic, Asthma, or a perfectly healthy child. I do believe that all the fast foods, drive thrus or prepackaged foods are not good for adults or children. We should all sit down to a good home cooked meal with our families every chance we get. Our parents and grand parents did not have the problems we do today. They made most of the food from scratch, all natural, from the earth, the way God intended! He didn't gives us all the additives or preservatives, pesticides, etc. Just good wholesome food and it sustained life for many years. Anything in excess is bad for you. Just my two cents on that.

Michele - posted on 09/29/2010

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I have had great success with my son by putting him on the Feingold Diet. It basically eliminates any artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. This helps more with the behavior. He only has to take medication for school. He was on the diet alone from the time he was 6 until he was 10.

Stacy - posted on 09/29/2010

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I have know since Trey was an infant that he may be ADHD. Required very little sleep...still doesn't. Very strong willed, smart, busy, impulsive, knew right from wrong, but his own words at 4 when I asked him why he did the things he did was, " I just can't help myself.". I was almost daily getting calls from school to "talk to him" or "come get him" at 4 and 5. I believed what everyone thinks, " He is just a boy and needs his butt spanked. Then he will learn. And parents who put their kids on meds, call it ADHD are just too lazy to discipline their children. I googled all i could, read all kinds of information, advice from other moms, etc. I met with my doctor on 09/15. I talked for 30 minutes going over everything I could think of that was relevant for him to know regarding Trey's behavior. My thoughts and desires for my son to be able to sit threw a day of school and "listen" to his teachers and not dirupt others, not to feel like I was constantly getting on to him. Also, after working all day and "dealing with" Trey, I was so tired emtionally, mentally and physically: I was always telling Kayleigh, not right now, can we do this later and later never came. My daughter was now suffering too. PLEASE HELP ME! I begged him. Someone finally agreed with me it was ADHD. I believe my brother and dad are both ADD and never diagnosed. And know with all my heart, that my ex, Trey's dad is bi-polar. Together 16 years, my family and friends that have been around him agree too. My doctor told me ADHD is genetic, hereditatry! Diet, HFCS, food colorings, dairy, etc do not GIVE a child ADHD, it is in his genes! Sure sugars can make him more active, hyper even, but once worn off, he should crash...not my Trey.
It is an inbalance in his little body and meds help get him level. HE says the only sure way to control ADHD, is meds and behavior modification. Children with ADHD needs special ways of handling their "discipline" or good behavior rewards. I have more information, but do not have time to discuss it all right now. IF interested, feel free to send me a private message and I will be happy to share.
Just to let you know, my son's school jumped right on board, we are working together. After 4 days on his meds and working on rewarding good behavior and setting clear expectations and what consequences would be if not met or what to expect for making good choices...and FOLLOWING THROUGH! On Friday, Trey's teacher wrote" GREAT DAY!" on his folder and another teacher called him a "perfect angel"! Said a couple of times he looked as though he wanted to melt down, but calmed himslef!.
I did not want to medicate my son, but if he was diabetic, would I deny him the meds he needs, NO! Here was my doctors selling point.
If I am constantly "getting on to" Trey, telling him he is being bad, he will eventually feel as though he can not do anything right, that he is a "bad" child. So he will look to other "bad" children to hang out with, because they will "accept" him the way he is. Remember he told me, "Mom, I just can't help myself". SO it was my responsibility as his "mom" to help him help himself. He is still the same sweet, smart, playful Trey he was before. He just doesn't throw tantrums when not listened to right away, get what he wants, right now!, interupt, listens more talks less and doesn't just on impluse, go hit his sister. GOD BLESS YOU DR. MARQUARDT!

Bonnie - posted on 09/27/2010

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No, not here. I tried for months. Researched, tested, spoke with Dr., and nothing changed, even with Hawaiian Punch and colored cereals. I do now realize his symptoms are worse if he doesn't eat anything for hours. He has to eat real food every so often or we're all in trouble! But, no dairy, no dyes, the whole Feingold thing...nothing changed in his behaviors. And that's good, 'cos the boy lives for cheese!

PS I do find that with less tv watching, and less "gaming" he's much calmer/happier, so I concentrate on that now and feed him a general balanced diet and give him his Intuniv medication.

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