My 6yo was diagnosed with ADHD/ODD last week. For now the dr has us on an elimination diet of no preservatives, artificial colourings, flavourings, restricting sugar, and no red foods, after doing research I have also cut out foods which are high in salicylates, this was a great site (http://www.everydaywithadhd.com.au/u...Food_Chart.pdf)
Until our next visit in 2 months this is what we are going to stick with, along with taking fish oil and multivitamins daily. (Multivitamins as I read that kids with ADHD are low in magnesium and zinc) If this isn't really working then we are going to talk medicating, which I am really in 2 minds about and would love to hear some feedback from some other mums on how their child has coped on medication.
I have found him to be better behaved at home since starting, but he is still having major issues at school, today his teacher emailed me to let me know that he had been sent to the principals office as he had intentionally dug his fingernails into another students arm, and then totally denied it and wouldn't apologise. He constantly disrupts the class and the teacher is always having to stop what she is doing to calm him down when he goes into one of his moods.
I have so much going on in my head, I don't know where to start, I really need someone to talk to about all of this, its doing my head in
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25-07-2012 20:54 #1
Son was diagnosed with ADHD last week, would like advice please
31-07-2012 13:28 #2
My DD2 (8.5yrs) has recently been diagnosed with Inattentive ADHD. She does get fidgety and is easily distracted etc but its more so the concentration/attention problems with her. She will quite often just forget to do her work and just sit there watching everyone. We also discovered she is a visual learner so if she is told how to do something verbally she probably wont be able to retain the information unless there is also something she can look at. It explains a lot really. No wonder why she never tells me any announcements from school, its because she just can't remember. Luckily her twin sister can listen for announcements to do with her activities etc for us. She has also been complaining of knowing the answers to things in her head but not being able to write it down.
We didn't do a full elimation diet but we have cut out a number of things which we actually started doing a long time ago. Even before we suspected ADHD. Her Dr has put her on EYEQ fish oil which we have just started and we have decided to do a Ritalin trial.
We figure she has nothing to loose by trying it and if it works, then good we will go from there. He told us if we see any reactions to it then it will be out of her system in 4hrs. We do have a number of family members with ADHD and I have seen a huge difference with one family member when she has Ritalin. But it was really after having a chat to my cousin (15yrs) about how things are for her that made us decide to try the Ritalin. DD2 sat there listening to her explain how things are when she hasn't taken it and turned to me and said thats how it is for me.
It's still very early days with the Ritalin trial so far. I have written instructions from the Dr and we do it very gradually. I have to check with her teachers of an afternoon to see if they have noticed any difference. She is only on 1/2 a tablet of a morning so far. (can go up to 1 1/2 tablets of a morning plus 1/2 tablet of an afternoon if we think we need to) We see him in a few weeks and will go from there when we know if the Ritalin helps.
31-07-2012 13:41 #3Senior Member
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I don't have child that has been diagnosed with ADHD but I have ADD and am also a teacher. Your son sounds like he is getting frustrated.. it is quite common for people with ADHD to get frustrated and lash out if they are not coping well. One suggestion I have which I have seen work wonders for many students (doesn't work well for all) is to let them have a squishy ball/playdough/something to use in the hands while sitting on the floor listening to the teacher. Now this may sound strange and some people may think "that encourages them not to listen" but in fact in alot of cases (not all) it actually helps them listen and what I was told by a special needs teacher was (because I constantly do this, to do assignments at UNI I used to have to watch DVDs at the same time as doing an assignment) that I was occuping a part of my brain that needed to be constantly occupied so therefore the other part could concentrate on the thing I need to concentrate on which is the same thing as playing with the object.
Have they tried something like that at school? Also it helps if the child knows what's going to happen/when etc so that they don't get anxious. Alot of children with ADD hate change and will act out if something doesn't go to plan.
Did the other student do anything to your son to get that reaction? (Sometimes it's nothing they've done intentionally and other times it is). Unfortunately for alot of children with ADHD they seem to get targeted and bullied and are easy to rile up and get a reaction out of. I'd be asking why he's doing these things and try and get a grasp on what he's feeling.
Has he been seeing a counsellor?
31-07-2012 14:13 #4
Its great your DS now has a diagnosis so now you can really begin to help him.
The diet is the best thing to do rather than meds and you will need to be very strong willed and patient to see the full elimination diet through. It will be tough but it is so worth it. The whole family should do the diet so he doesnt feel different.
Also maybe try to watch what cleaning products and soaps etc you use as chemicals/scents in these can be triggers for some kids.
There are also other things you can do for example star charts to earn rewards for good behaviour, but remember not to set the benchmark too high or expect too much. Give a star for simple good behaviour.
I would also meet with the school and discuss an action plan for handling behaviour/misbehaviour at school, you want to be sure you child is not at the office everyday as he is missing out on vital learning. Some teachers are not supportive of ADHD kids as they dont know how to handle them. Often the kids are bored and need someting more challenging or a different style of teaching.
You should visit this site http://fedup.com.au/ as it is an amazing resource.
Dont give up, once the diet is under control you will see that life will change, there are always going to be challenges to his behaviour and slip ups with the diet, but dont let it get to you. Also make sure you know about the cumulative effect.
Good luck with your journey and well done for starting the diet
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