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Name: flamom
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Hi. I'm the mom that may have to try Focolin for my child. But if there's anyone who has tryed homeopathic with good results for children w/adhd pls. let me know. Thanks!
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Name: jamberrt | Date: Oct 10th, 2006 6:26 PM
My 2.5 year old is not diagnosed but is crazy busy. I give him lecithen (granules in his juice) every day or twice a day if it's a busy time (we just moved...3 times a day). When he doesn't get it he's frustrated and angry. I've changed cleaning products. I do all allergy routines on his bed. Wash all in hot water and dry on hot for 60 minutes weekly. He's still a busy child but more reasonable. [email protected] 

Name: flamom | Date: Oct 10th, 2006 6:55 PM
Thanks jambert. My child is ten and is not wild but impulsive in school. Talks excessive and not focused, but A/B student which I feel blessed. I'm really looking to see if anyone has tryed "Focus" or "BrightSpark" or Fields of Flowers. It's too bad that these haven't produced great results. I think more moms would turn to this option. Take care. 

Name: jamberrt | Date: Oct 11th, 2006 12:27 AM
Are those programs or natural "meds"? My 12.5 year old talks non stop when not on concerta. There is no reasoning with her and she gets angry...she's never wrong. I heard about a website talking about Easy Child...haven't checked it out. 

Name: flamom | Date: Oct 15th, 2006 12:12 AM
Hi Jambert,
Yes, they're homepathic meds. But I've never heard anyone say they work including our dr. My son sounds like your daughter. Super smart, always right and can have tantrums! Luckily as he's getting older there subsiding. He started Focalin this wk, worked well but "stomach ache most of the day" low dose too. Have you had side affects w/Concerta? 

Name: jamberrt | Date: Oct 16th, 2006 7:17 PM
She was having a hard time this year - just started Grade 7 so no recess, they have lockers which they are only allowed to go in at the start of the day in the morning and not again until noon. She has NO memory and if she forgets something she has detention...arg. We recently upped her concerta and she has headaches and a cough that the doc says could be a tic so what did I want to do? I've been thinking of strattera. I've never heard of Focalin except on this site. I'm in Canada. You?

My daughter also has a form of FASD called ARND (alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder) and that along with the ADHD and hitting puberty affects memory skills...I never know what we're dealing with. I do know that I'm tired of being the whipping girl when I'm not the birthmom...sigh. It's been a really hard 6 weeks since school started. 

Name: jamberrt | Date: Oct 17th, 2006 9:00 PM
Are you reacting to the fish oil? 

Name: flamom | Date: Oct 17th, 2006 11:06 PM
That's too bad, sounds like a difficult start to the school year. I'm in the U.S. southern region. My son on Focalin a week and doing awesome. I do give antacid tab at 6:30a.m then Rx at 7a.m. he's great behavior by 8am when school starts. We're lucky that we only have to give rx for school days. Yes, he's on pre-teen vitamin and fish oil as well. Cant hurt. Stay well. 

Name: LDG | Date: Nov 8th, 2006 5:28 PM
my son is 15 and they say he is ADHD althou he is not hyper is very well mannered gets along good in school as far as behavior goes but is a day dreamer and just plan stuggles with the work . I went to see a homepathic doctor and she said to take him off Carbhydrates and more Protein does anyone know if this really works ? 

Name: billy22 | Date: Nov 8th, 2006 8:33 PM
To LDG~ I don't know if it works but I am sure gonna try it with mine! I am willing to try anything that will help him and me survive another school year.....it's blood, sweat and tears every year, but as he has gotten older he seems better. He craves a lot of protein so maybe that what he needs a lot more of....I'm glad I read through this. 

Name: mar22 | Date: Nov 9th, 2006 5:15 AM
ive seen a documentary once that if you give your children hard boiled eggs and blueberries before school it helps increase memory and attention span . ithink this was on twenty twenty it also said to eliminate fast foods. dont know if it works just heard about it. 

Name: billy22 | Date: Nov 9th, 2006 9:10 PM
Hey MAR22, it's totally worth a try! It actually sounds really good:) 

Name: distracted at home | Date: Nov 13th, 2006 1:54 PM
Hey flamom,

You need to check out Dr Phil's website he has a ton of info on how to help your child focus and stay on track. Also the book "driven to distraction" is amazing and will give you a deeper understanding on what it is like for your child. 

Name: teresa | Date: Nov 13th, 2006 2:38 PM
I've heard a lot about fish oil helping their behavior. I talked with my doctor last week about starting my daughter on this. He said he had heard of it, but no statistics for proof. He did say it was ok for me to try this. He did suggest that I only give her one a day and to make sure whatever brand I purchased didn't contain any mercury. I'm hoping it will make some kind of difference. We'll see. 

Name: billy22 | Date: Nov 13th, 2006 9:54 PM
So does the fish oil come in a capsule/pill form? And where can I get that book Driven To Distraction? 

Name: distracted at home | Date: Nov 14th, 2006 2:21 AM
You can get the book at most libraries...I don't have the authors name anymore but I posted it awhile back (I'll see if I can find it and bump it up). The fish oil comes in liquid form for those of you who can't tolerate the capsules. Omega 3 is what you're looking for and there are lots of options out there. Flax seed oil is a good choice as well. 

Name: distracted at home | Date: Nov 14th, 2006 2:22 AM
Driven to Distraction "recognizing and coping with ADD from Childhood through adulthood"...by Edward M Hallowell, MD and John J Ratey, MD. 

Name: toxinfreehome | Date: Nov 14th, 2006 6:19 PM
Yes, I have tried other things. Some homeopathic and some are vitamins. I have a 8 year old son that shows signs of ADHD. I refuse to put him on prescription meds. I have read so many horror stories about the prescriptions. The vitamins seem to work, but I still need to give it some time. We are new to all of this and it is frustrating. 

Name: jamberrt | Date: Nov 14th, 2006 7:26 PM
My son also has allergies. So his room is now hardwood and I wash everything on his bed (not stuffed toys) in hot water and dry all (including stuffed toys) on hot for at least 60 minutes weekly. I think I'm going to wash his clothes separately too from now on. 

Name: distracted at home | Date: Nov 14th, 2006 8:02 PM
Hey Everyone,

I have come accross something that might be of interest to us all. I recently read a book on the beneficial bacteria in our digestive systems and have found out that after using antibiotics we should be replenishing our intestinal flora with beneficial bacteria. Why am I telling you this? My son had four rounds of antibiotics earlier this year and has some symptoms including an itchy bum, which my md treated with anti worm meds with no success and now I've found out that when then antibiotics kill the infection they also kill the beneficals that keep the yeast in our gut from overpopulating....there are many symptoms including ADHD BEHAVIOUR, irritated bowels, allergies, skin rashes such as psoriosis(spelling?) excema, restlessness, foggy brain, inattentiveness and a host of other things. Search this and see what you come up with. I have him and my husband on lactobacillus acidopholus and Bifobacterium (beneficials) and hope this will help. Also the yeast feeds on sugar and yeast so if your kid seems to become less agitated on sugar...maybe there is a link. 

Name: distracted at home | Date: Nov 14th, 2006 8:12 PM
Candidiasis is the name of the state your body is in when there is too much yeast. the yeast actually attach to the lining of the stomach and increase the size of perferations (which are already there)and you do not absorb vitamins and minerals the as well as you should. Also your body trying to fight of the yeast so your immune systom becomes weaker and is more susceptable to colds and flus. When in this state the immune system thinks it is under attack and when allergens such and dust, and pollen are inhaled the body immediately tries to ward off the "attack" by producing the allergic sysmptoms such as runny nose and congestion, etc. which is really your body trying to flush the "bad guys" out of its system. 

Name: flamom | Date: Nov 18th, 2006 7:31 AM
Hi All,
Been very busy -night school and motherhood. Thanks for all the great info. and book-I will pick up! Though my son is on rx I did take him to nutritionist and they recommended fish oil caps, magnesium/calcium and flaxseed along with pre teen vitamins. I have to start this soon. I myself went to a Chinease MD/Accupunture Dr. two years ago for "constant yeast infec." He put me on some type of herbs that were in the form of black tiny pills (like bee bee gun pellots) and it CLEARED me of infections!! I've only had one in two years. I do think there is good coming from this type of doctor. But you have to be careful when working with kids and herbs etc. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Fla. Mom 

Name: taybry | Date: Nov 19th, 2006 12:03 AM
I am going to try fish oil , natural allergy spray , changing foods and vitamens. I am tired of the lack of sleep, weight loss and loss of positive personality traits when she is on meds. Her teacher says when she is off her meds she is more interactive and has fun, just takes her a while to complete work, if homopathic works that will be great. 

Name: distracted at home | Date: Nov 20th, 2006 1:29 PM
Hi Taybry
I think it is great that you are going to try some non meds to help your daughter, my friends son is so full of life, energy and enthusiasm and I love that about him, however his folks are much quieter than myself and my husband and kids and they find it overwhelming to have him undmedicated. The father makes apologies for his talking all the time but that is what makes him uniquely him. I understand what you mean about losing the positive personality traits because when he is on Ritalin he is so quiet and reserved its like it is not really him. He has a better time in school though, ad he says he can do more at school when he is medicated but I do worry that he will come out of this thinking there is something wrong with him as a person when he is an adult because everyone wanted to medicate him. 

Name: Layne | Date: Nov 20th, 2006 2:15 PM
distracted at home...you are correct about the candidiasis, what do you use to help right now I am giving my son and daughter- acidophilus suppiement for the yeast, my daughter was born with yeast infection and I suffer also. Im wondering if we arent highly susceptible to the candidiasis. I know some recomend yogart. what other things could I be doing? 

Name: distracted at home | Date: Nov 20th, 2006 9:20 PM
Hi Layne,

I have my son and husband on the beneficial bacteria and for my husband he will be taking an herbal cleanse specifically for candida overgrowth. A friend of mine works with autistics kids and she was telling me last night that almost all the kids she works with have candidiasis and that is it really hard to get a handle on. One of the most important things to do during the yeast elimination phase is to eliminate ALL SUGARS (including natural sugars ie. fruit and fruit juices) AND YEAST products as they feed the yeast and produce an enviroment in the gut that inhibits the beneficail bacteria from reestablishing themselves. She also said they were almost all on a grapefruit seed extract that kills the yeast during this cleansing period (which is actually months I am told). This often causes diarrhea initially which is OK as it means the yeast are dying off and are being discarded in great numbers. For my son I am going to try the grapefruit seed extract (to kill the living yeast) along with the diet restrictions and then start him again on the beneficials. I'll probably try the grapefruit seed extract on my husband as well. Now I just have to convince them to give up all the sugars and yeast. Wish me luck!! 

Name: distracted at home | Date: Nov 20th, 2006 9:25 PM
Also, the yogurt is good as a preventative but the beneficials are not in suficient numbers as to affect the overall populations. Supplements are the best way. Capsules and powdered forms are bext. Because they are alive...pressed tablet and other formulations kills lots of them off. Antibiotics kill the beneficials which keep the yeast in check so if you take them you should counteract their affect immediately to prevent the yeast from getting out of control. You daughter probably got it from you...my daughter had it as thrush..probably from me. Keep me posted. 

Name: abbymaker | Date: Dec 7th, 2006 3:59 AM
hello... I am new to all this... My daughter was diagnoshed with ADHD.. I am lucky that I have a great realtionship with her doctors (friends with her)... She has told me that NO natural meds work... its like trying to give a diabetic something else than insulin to help them...,. it just doesn't work.... I have tried other things and finally have put my daughter on meds... she starts tomorrow. 

Name: nasjel | Date: Oct 2nd, 2007 5:48 PM
hi room 

Name: julie | Date: Dec 4th, 2008 6:39 AM
i really need help with my child who has adhd. he is failing school and doesnt seem to care. he is very smart but just cant express himself. 

Name: yadi | Date: Mar 24th, 2009 12:56 PM
i'm single with two children my son is 7yrs old and so far so good with him. how-ever my 12 yrs old daughter is diagnosed with ADHD since 6/08 and it's been so hard to deal with. shes taking (Strattera) and doing very poor in school. she gets so upset easily and not focused at all.... Any Tips feel free i can use all that's given... 

Name: kat | Date: Jul 8th, 2009 3:26 AM
I am 35, and just recently was diagnosed with add. As a child I was definitely hyperactive but an A & B student, so I went undiagnosed. I got introuble for talking excessively and had to write sstandards and spoke out of turn, but guess what talking out of turn and speaking your mind definitely creates an individual with a strong sense of self. I always fogot to do homework until the period before it was due, so just make sure you have a homework calendar for your kid to keep track . If they don't write it down they will forget in like two seconds. As an adult I hated strattera, whcih dulled my personality but helped with a structured interpretation for processing information. Ritalin gave me headaches and made me more scattered. Adhd has not stopped me from pursuing dreams and being successful. Stop with all the medication. Try a gluten or yeast free diet, make sure they get lots of omega 3's folic acid & vitamin B, keep them off the sugar and carbs that turn to sugar, and caffeine like sodas. Let them pursue what they take interest in. Your best bet is to help them with structured physical activities, art classes, ballet classes, arts and crafts, teach them to take good notes, and reinforce cleaning and being neat. Adhd is not the end of the world just a window into a more creative one. I am very creative and constantly have a bunch of ideas going on at once, but I have learned to focus. if you want to medicate in high school go ahead especially when teenagers are learning to drive because I got into tons of fender benders because I was not paying attention. Regulate good spending habits and just teach them good coping skills to help them grow into responsible adults. 

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