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Help! How to effectively discipline a 7-yr old with ADHD? My daughter's on medication during school hours but when that wears off by 1pm, she screams and cries in out of control tantrums. She also has mood swings, going from happy one moment and upset the next. I'm considering therapy. If you have a child like this, what has worked for you?

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:31 PM on Mar. 18, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • You may want to try a very low extra dose in the afternoon. my daughter who has ADHD and is 6 sometimes has an afternoon dose, though not every day-- only when spinning out. (It's hard to discipline when she just cant get it together.) You might also think about putting her to bed earlier-- is she tired in the afternoons. I hear you... sometimes 5 pm is just terrible..

    Answer by DanaMT at 9:08 AM on Mar. 19, 2009

  • My neighbors child (which I help take care of him like hes mine) goes to thearpy and they give him medication in the morning and had his doctor fax the school papers allowing the school nurse to give him medicine at 1:00 which is when his morning dose wears off. Good luck!

    Answer by jamicofer at 10:34 AM on Mar. 19, 2009

  • Try altering his diet. You will need to pack a lunch for this and of course plan out your snacks ahead of time. First, what NOT to eat for TWO WEEKS:

    1) NO DAIRY PRODUCTS, especially cow's milk. This is the single most important restriction. Instead try Almond milk, Rice milk, or Better Than Milk. Drink water instead of milk. In fact, drink lots of water. The brain is about 80% water, and increasing your water intake to 7 to 10 glasses per day might be helpful all by itself. Sodas, Gatorade, teas, icees, etc., do not count as water. Water counts as water.
    2) NO YELLOW FOODS. Especially Corn or Squash. Bananas are white. Don't eat the peel.
    3) NO JUNK FOODS. If it comes in a cellophane wrapper, don't eat it.
    4) NO FRUIT JUICES. Too much sugar content. One small glass of apple juice has the sugar content of eight apples.

    Answer by bearandtreemom at 11:52 AM on Mar. 19, 2009

  • 6) CUT CHOCOLATE BY 90%. No more than a single piece, once a week.
    7) NO NUTRASWEET. None. Period.
    8) NO PROCESSED MEATS and NO MSG. Only get meats with labels that say, “Turkey and Water,” etc. If the meat has chemicals listed that you can't pronounce, don't buy it.
    9) CUT FRIED FOODS BY 90%.
    10) AVOID FOOD COLORINGS WHENEVER POSSIBLE. See if your child is sensitive to any particular colors, such as Reds, Yellows, etc. For now, though, avoid all if possible.
    AFTER TWO WEEKS begin adding these foods back into your diet, one food every other day. Eat A LOT of that food every day for four days. If you have a problem with one of the foods, you will see some kind of a “reaction” within four days. The reaction can vary from big red splotches on the body to ears turning bright red to explosive temper outbursts. If there's a problem, you'll know. If there's no problem, enjoy the food.

    Answer by bearandtreemom at 11:54 AM on Mar. 19, 2009

  • look in to getting on a longer acting medication....vyvanse lasts about 12 son has been on it for a year now and it is wonderful...

    Answer by breebers at 2:08 AM on Mar. 21, 2009

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