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My child has been diagnosed with ADHD, what are some things we can try besides medicine?


Asked by KamiB79 at 9:34 PM on Jul. 31, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • There are many therapists who work with people who have ADD/ADHD; they teach them not just coping skills, but how to use ADD/ADHD as an advantage in their lives. Thom Hartmann has written extensively on this topic; you should be able to find his books art your local library, there is lots of information at his website:
    You may also want to explore how foods affect behavior, either from the Feingold Organization ( or another source. We eat a "clean" diet; no processed foods, no chemical additives, no meat, very little dairy
    My daughter's attention issues were helped dramatically by magnesium (we use a cal/mag/D) and fish oil supplements (though we have since switched her to hemp oil). It is important to use a good brand, like Nordic Naturals; it takes about 8 weeks to become effective.

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:37 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • vitamin b-12

    Answer by DarkFaery131 at 9:40 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • I think it depends on how extreme his behaviors. My brother, whose now grown and fine, had multiple teachers and school officials get my mom to put him on meds. But my mom just worked with him and realized he was a more 'independant' spirit and he has grown into himself.

    Answer by EyeofOdin at 9:41 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • feingold diet program

    Answer by QandA at 9:46 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • Talk to your doctor or a therapist, and find out about changes that should be made to your child's diet. A friend of our has worked with a dietitian and it has worked wonders. We are seriously looking at doing the same thing with our dd who has ADHD and CAPD. There is so much you can do without resorting to meds. I had some success for my ADHD with a gluten-free diet, but not much. With ADHD it's kind of hit and miss, but you will find what works for your child. Just do a lot of research and ask a lot of questions from your doctor, therapist, etc.

    Answer by anime_mom619 at 9:47 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • Routine and structure, always being busy. Eating a healthy diet also. I have yet to try vitamins but heard that some really do help. Best of luck!

    Answer by misunderstood1 at 9:55 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • i agree with B12, and all B vitamins work...magnesium works well... ....
    have you took you child to a nutritionist to find out allergies? little cousin was told he was ADHD but then we discovered he was allergic to wheat...once he stopped eating wheat he turned out fine...he can concentrate and actually started learning A LOT in school, and even caught up with his class (he was very far behind everyone)...good luck!

    Answer by Kimra at 1:40 AM on Aug. 1, 2010

  • Rule out any other things whose symptoms may be manifesting themselves as ADHD behaviors to determine if it is in fact ADHD; there are numerous things that can come across as ADHD (pyroluria, candida (yeast) overgrowth, zinc/copper imbalances, hypo/hyperglycemia, under/over methylation, auditory issues, vision problems, nutritional deficiencies, etc.). Remove all artificial colors, flavorings, preservatives from the diet. Lots of kids benefit from the Feingold diet. Investigate cerebral allergies (delayed food hypersensitivities to things like gluten, casein, soy, corn, etc.) to see if they are impacting your child.

    I was able to rid my son of his diagnosis using a biomedical approach. If you have access to a DAN! doctor, go for it, as they are much better able to treat your child than mainstream doctors who will only suggest stimulant medication and therapy. Good luck.

    Answer by FootballMom85 at 7:36 AM on Aug. 1, 2010