Hi .. My 6 yr old daughter has recently been diagnosed with ADHD. We are about to start her on a 'failsafe' elimination diet recommended by her paed.
I was wondering if there is a support group on bubhub for ADHD, or if anyone has any experience with this?
Feeling a little overwhelmed .. Any advice would be appreciated.
Thank you ( and sorry, wasn't sure if this was the right section to post in)
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20-04-2012 13:34 #1
ADHD help please!
25-04-2012 20:40 #2
Come over to the special needs section.
There's plenty of us chatting there.
26-04-2012 19:49 #3
Hi, no experience with ADHD here really. Well, not yet anyway. We will see.
But a close family members DD has recently been diagnosed with ADHD and I also have 2 nephews and 2 neices who are adults now that have it so it's definately in the family. There are some signs with DD2 (8yrs) and my family with the DD that was just diagnosed pointed out to me that they could have said yes to many of the questions about DD2 so I'm going to get a referral and organise an assessment for her very soon. I'm guessing I will have a bit of a wait for an appointment though.
I did look at failsafe once but just because I had heard that additives can effect their behaviour. I didn't do the full failsafe diet though. I thought about it but it was too hard with 3 kids. I did eliminate the really bad ones though and did notice a difference.
But now with DD2 I have looked a bit harder into it and have eliminated ALL the additives that can cause hyperactive type reactions. If it has one of those numbers then it doesn't pass her lips. I have noticed some definate improvements in her after only a week. There is still some dramas but things are definately better.
I found the Additive Alert book really good. I also have the Fed Up one but the Additive Alert one listed the numbers in different groups like suspected carcinogens/not reccomended for children/hyperactive or hypersensitive reaction possible (which people ADD & ADHD should avoid)/linked to asthma etc. And it also has them listed in alphabetical order too.
26-04-2012 20:45 #4
Thanks Dannielle, I might look for that additive alert book, sounds like a good reference. It's good to hear even cutting out some additives make a difference. We have started a full elimination but its only day 4, so no real difference yet. Good luck with your dd's future apt, should you decide to get her assessed.
Bambino, I shall definitely come check out the special needs section. Thank you
26-04-2012 20:54 #5
Good luck with the elimination diet. I hope you see some results soon.
26-04-2012 21:04 #6
We've been doing the failsafe for nearly 3 years with remarkable results.
It's just second nature to us now.
But I just wanted to let you know, that you may see some "withdrawal symptoms" for the first 2, maybe 3 weeks while the bad foods are leaving their system.
DS was a little more out of control than normal but he settled down quite soon and we have never looked back.
26-04-2012 21:21 #7
26-04-2012 21:34 #8
Did you cut out dairy or gluten? And 3 yrs on, with dinners out/ kids parties etc, do you remain really strict or allow for a few 'banned foods'?
I know I'm only a few days into this, so still at the stage wondering is this really sustainable to do indefinitely? (Being this strict anyway.) Though, if we achieve the results I'm hoping, it would be well worth it.
26-04-2012 21:39 #9
27-04-2012 17:45 #10
Gluten is still allowed but dairy is limited.
We were very strict to start, for about the first year, but being supervised by a nutritionist, he is now allowed a lot of foods back, still no additives, colours, preservatives or flavours though.
Eating out, you just need to choose wisely. Fried rice is ok, salad is ok but we just had to pick out the tomatoes, he is allowed hot chips every now and then, and maccas very rarely (but only the chicken wraps).
Is is sustainable, if you are strict, persistent and willing to do it.
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