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Name: New Age Mom
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My son was just diagnosed with ADHD. His doctor wants him to take some prescription medications. I don't like to medication too much and prefer to use natural alternatives. Has anyone been able to improve their child's ADHD through diet or herbal remedies? Any other natural options?
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Name: Arlice21 | Date: Jun 13th, 2005 8:44 PM
I haven't used this method, but I have heard if you cut refined sugar out of your child's diet, this can help ADHD symptoms. Get rid of pop, sugary cereals or breads, and gently introduce a new menu. This should help out with the ADHD. 

Name: Laurie | Date: Jul 9th, 2005 3:48 PM
My 10 yr old son has been on meds for 4 yrs best thing we ever did for himHe takes adderall twice a day 

Name: Cathy03 | Date: Jul 19th, 2005 3:57 AM
All these medicines are scary. We are so concerned about side effects. My son is on his 3rd medicine which actually works and - unlike the other 2 he is not a Zombie or an emotional wreck. We just found out the medcine has some more serious side effects ie...Liver damage, Jaundice and Severe Hepatitis. Ouch!... I hate to take him off the medicine b/c can stay on task without supervision and made the honor roll last year.But b/c of these side effects I have to think about other options. Does anyone know of any Home Remdies or Natural Alternatives? He has ADD not ADHD. He is not hyper but a day dreamer. Any ideas? 

Name: saamie | Date: Aug 16th, 2005 1:32 AM
i have read that giving a child good fats i.e. the fish oils, flax seed makes a huge difference in behavior, although my son is taking adderall..the difference is amazing however, this was not what i wanted for him..also most kids with add also have allergies/asthma

we should try no preservatives, no sugars.. 

Name: Hidi | Date: Nov 3rd, 2005 2:47 PM
WHats dexta stat 

Name: Double D | Date: Nov 15th, 2005 5:24 AM
I am father of a 8yo. She has ADD, I really didnt want to put her on any of the harsh med's. I was in a health food store a few months back and saw a medication called :Focous Attention" It has worked wonders so far. She has been on the Herbs for about 3 months now and there are no side affects like the other medsd.. 

Name: [email protected] | Date: Dec 11th, 2005 10:33 PM
I have a few different adhd support groups online. And I have one in brentwood nh a chadd support group.
My son has adhd and he is 9 years old . He is in the 3rd grade and is taking strattera and it has made such a difference in our lives... I am pretty sure after researching this subject as much as I have that I may have add myself... feel free to stop by and take a look at my online support groups...






Name: Sherri | Date: Jan 3rd, 2006 12:25 AM
I have been told that my son has ADHD. He doesnt destroy things, he isnt hyper. He listens as well as a 10 year old does. However the school has said that he has it because he is doing poor in reading and has gotten into some trouble. I really dont want to use regular medications and have found one called Brightspark. If anyone knows anything about this please email me at [email protected] Let me know how it has turned out. Thank you. Sherri 

Name: mary | Date: Jan 3rd, 2006 4:02 PM
yes my son had from birth a problem with dairy, very bad reflux, closly followed by consitipation, and a green nose all the way up till he was 6, it was only then that i realised the effect it was having on him mentally aswell as phsyically and that there are alternatives, i now have him on rice milk for cereal etc, and dairy free everything, i also took gluten out of his diet for a year, and the change in him has been amazing, and that was within a month of the diet change, he has ADHD, Aspergers and Tourettes, but in each case very mild and is doing fine in mainstream school, this would not be the case if I had not changed his diet, I also keep him on a low sugar diet, and have no processed meats, and he mainly drinks water. Ritalin has been suggested for him also, as although calm now in school he is still not focusing, but I don't want to use it, I am investigating myself other natural products that can be used to help with concentration, but I havn't tried any out yet. 

Name: Jill | Date: Jan 10th, 2006 2:32 AM
My husband and I are looking into other options. I think diet and consistancy are going to be the best bet. We are still looking into the foods. We are getting some crossed lines on some of the foods they should or shouldn't have. 

Name: DEB | Date: Jan 15th, 2006 3:50 AM

Name: hanna | Date: Jan 16th, 2006 6:18 AM
hi i have a 7year old son who has adhd and i did not like the meds but i had no other choice. you can try it ans see how he does on it than if there is no changethan say to your doc. i want to try some thing difrent. i heard the fish oil is good, i just strated giving my son the fish oil with his med because i was told it will take a2 3mounths for the fish oil to show a differents it the behaver. good luck i know what you feel like 

Name: ashleigh | Date: Jan 19th, 2006 2:33 AM
im only 13 years old and i have adhd. i was on medication for 3 years i all i got was wores. my mum started speanding more time with me when they took me off the medication. even if i was the same child it helped me when i spent more time with the people i loved. 

Name: Donna | Date: Jan 21st, 2006 2:40 AM
The Feingold diet. You need to order the book off the web. No sugar and give lots of protein like peanut butter. The diet works like magic. Also, make sure the school is providing the proper counseling and environment. Hanging objects in the room are very distracting to the ADHD child. They need to have a "calm" room. Also, take a comb and stroke your child's arm in a gentle way while watching TV. This calms them--really! They do grow out of this and their brain compensates for it. It's just getting through the early years that's hard. Make time for yourself away from your child whenever you can. You're just as important. 

Name: Kim | Date: Jan 22nd, 2006 2:30 AM
Do any of you have A child with adhd and tics? I Have an 8 year old with what we think is chronic tic disorder( Not tourettes, cause she doesnt have More then one tic), and adhd , Clears her throat consistently for over a year all day while Awake. She takes straterra for adhd , and clonidine for the tics. both which are wearing off and Both symptoms are comming back full force.
Would this fiendgold diet Be appropriate for this as well? I Looked it up and really they dont give you an idea as to what they are about until you fork over your creditcard... leaves me suspicious. Can anyone Help? 

Name: Aaron | Date: Feb 1st, 2006 1:53 AM
Did you know some ADHD meds. have traces of crystal meth 

Name: Markey | Date: Feb 6th, 2006 1:29 AM
The Feingold Program has been a huge help to many including my son. Yes, some of the kids do have Tourette's. Go to the support group's web site www.feingold.org and you'll find lots of very good information--the information is free. If you want to join, THEN you have to pay for that. I volunteer for the group and except for a small staff, we are all volunteers. They can't mail all the membership materials, the newsletters, etc. for free.

Would this fiendgold diet Be appropriate for this as well? I Looked it up and really they dont give you an idea as to what they are about until you fork over your creditcard... leaves me suspicious. Can anyone Help? ] 

Name: anne | Date: Feb 17th, 2006 2:05 AM
If your son is not hyper, but simply cannot focus because he seems to be a dreamer, I would certainly not keep him on this medication! Many children who appear to be daydreamers are highly creative individuals. These kids often do not fit into the schools of today, which focus highly on standardized tests. Much of thier day (I know, I'm a teacher) is spent drilling in preparation for these tests. How boring for a highly intelligent, creative child! I was not into the homeopathic medicine thing, but since my son fits into the same category as yours, I was desperate to have him enjoy his school day, while not giving him any "zombie-like" side effects that rob them of their personality. Brightspark (Native Remedies) has worked wonders for him with no side effects at all! I was a sceptic, but now I'm out there trying to spread the word. 

Name: Tina | Date: Feb 21st, 2006 6:35 PM
wish to fnd help for my son the dr.s change his medcine , they say he has adhd but wondering if that is being mis dianosed. 

Name: Debi | Date: Feb 22nd, 2006 12:55 AM
Some children have had great results with neurofeedback. My son did it for a while and thought it was great. It is a great alternative to meds if you can find a place that does it. 

Name: Tammy | Date: Feb 22nd, 2006 2:34 AM
I believe diet plays an important role but we still have to also use meds. One big thing we have found to be true is stay away from thing with red die in them, pop, cereals, etc. Good luck though. 

Name: Roy | Date: Mar 23rd, 2006 5:27 AM
My son has been taking meds for ADHD since he was in the first gradehis school system here in Ohio think it the cure all. I will tell any parent who will listen my son is now 17 it was the worest mistake I ever made putting him on the drugs. they have not help him at all and now he is 17 in the 10 grade and want to quite school he is like a mad dog with out his control pills he call them, he says he can't control his anger without them. My worry is he will not all way have the pills and what happen after he is off the pills and can't control his anger i am scared to think of that. My feeling is some childern may need the pills but, if you are bullheaded like my son is there is no pill for that I have been trying to get his school to understand that for years . their favor word are he must be medicated. 

Name: Maia | Date: Mar 24th, 2006 5:04 AM
My 6 year old daughter has (had) all the symptoms of "inattentive add". We did an elimination diet with her and realized that dairy was giving her too many tummy aches. We also put her on brightspark and focus. They did nothing. Then we tried the essential fatty acids in a capsule and also L-tyrosine in a capsule. We also eliminate sugar as much as possible, from Sunday to Friday (days before school). She is now a different kid. She was always pleasant and easy to be with, but in school now, she doesn't daydream nearly as much, she can focus on her work, she can listen and process instructions better, she is more alert and her schoolwork has drastically improved. Her sister is taking them too (not add or adhd) but it seems to have helped her control her temper and impulsivity. If anyone wants to know the dosage we use, or the products we are using, email me at: [email protected] 

Name: mary | Date: Mar 25th, 2006 12:54 AM
my son was diagonsed withaddd and adhd and bioplar disoderand odd he was five years ago we have been really problems he is current taking add or adhd meds he may wind up at a behavior program in tampa are some wherepeolpe4 don,t understand how i feel but i want my baby wiyh me he is 8 years old 

Name: Liz | Date: Apr 1st, 2006 3:50 AM
My daughter was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of three. I didn't believe that they could diagnose a child that young with something like that. The doctor recommended meds. I tried to different meds and both caused my daughter to be a zombie and depressed. I pulled her off the meds and tried sugar and die restircted diets and enrolled her in a daycare with more staff to allow her more personal attention. This was working great until she started 4K in fall. Since then she has been very disruptive and a nightmare in school. As a last resort I tried meds again. This time Focaline XR was the answer. After trying a few different with the same results as before this was the answer. She still has a personality but now is able to concentrate enogh to fuction in school. On the weekends she is med free when I can devote all my time to her. This seems to be working the best for now. Don't stop looking there are always new things being discovered and I hope someday to find something to get her off the meds. 

Name: Raffy | Date: Apr 17th, 2006 6:00 PM
I came across a new helpful book on meds called Making the Connection. I found it at www.adhdparents.com 

Name: Ruth Orndorff | Date: Apr 21st, 2006 3:36 AM
I do not have the money but my daughter has 3 childern one is 13 and 8 and 6 

Name: Maria | Date: Apr 30th, 2006 1:51 AM
Hi New Age Mom,
I spent ALOT of time (years) and money on herbal remedies, biofeedback, psychologist and of course changed my son's diet every which way. Unfortunately, none of it worked. I am sorry, but it was a waste of time and money for my son. We began him on Adderall this school year and he is happy and healthy, has friends and is doing terrific! Research the medications as well as the natural remedies. 

Name: redfish | Date: Aug 11th, 2007 1:14 PM
My son has been diagnosed with ADHD and we tried everything before finalling deciding on Concerta alongside a psychologist to help him think in a high functioning method socially and a psychiatrist to help look at him from a medical standpoint. We also have a tutoring group that works hand and hand with the school and they provide some extra one on one with him. All of these measures help him to learn to do these things on his own by teaching the right way to approach and handle situations academically and most of all socially. My husband and i hope to foster self reliance once he feels that he has the right thinking tools to master his functioning. I think anything you do should also include these professionals (and good ones). The children have to have help on how to socialize approriately and switch gears. Herbals and home behavior modification plans are great but unfortunatley for us only a piece of the puzzle. You may want to see what your insurance carrier will cover and we do ours outside of the school with real long term care professionals who have ongoing plans for him. 

Name: KathyK | Date: Aug 11th, 2007 2:24 PM
I keep reading that Adderall is working for your children. I have to ask you if there is anyone out there where Adderall didn't work for them and what did they do? I feel like since my son has been on Adderall he has gotten much worse. He is more aggressive and more oppositional then before he was on it. He has been on Risperdal and Depakote and Mirtzapine and none of them worked either. I am so frustrated I don't know what to do. I have been trying to change his diet and cut out all the sugars but it is hard to do that. Organic foods are too expensive and not always easy to find.
We have another doctor's appointment in a few weeks and I am going to ask him to change his meds then.
Has anyone tried Focalin? Someone suggested that I try that one because it is working for her daughter. 

Name: mar22 | Date: Aug 12th, 2007 3:11 AM
kathy, my son was on adderal two years ago and also experienced more aggressivness and oppositional behaviour he was emmediatley taken off and put on dexedrine than later switched to concerta and risperidal. he been steady on the concerta and respiridal for almost year and a half and has been doing really well. He also attends a behaviour day camp through the whole summer which is very helpful. keep in mind what works for one child does not work for another its all trial and error. also dont worry to much about the sugar thing ive just attended a seminar and there finding that adhd is not linked to diet, its genetics, mind you like any child given too much yes there going to act out but i was assured that it has no possible links to adhd behaviour as said the alergy specialist. if you find out other wise could you pass it on as i often wonder what the specialist says is even factual. good luck 

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