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Any tips on calming down an adhd 5yr old w/o meds


Asked by thatsmyboy805 at 3:26 AM on Apr. 13, 2011 in General Parenting

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  • Allergies, Additives, and Food Coloring

    The Feingold diet was proposed in the 1970s and linked behavior with diet. However, once again, a number of scientists feel that there has not been enough objective research to concluded that additives are linked with ADHD.

    Caffeine is a stimulant and it’s effect is different for different people. Some develop more of a tolerance for caffeine than others. It is not advisable for a child to consume caffeinated drinks (such as Coke or Pepsi, or other “energy” drinks). Especially if a Caffeine Allergy is suspected.

    Answer by feralkitten at 4:20 AM on Apr. 13, 2011

  • diet can help basically stoping all artificial e numbers .  stuff like white bread is the worst its full of the bad e numbers  adding fish oils can also help

    what kinda sprt dose your 5 year old do . if he got loads of engery then you may need to take him out for a walk or run every day you havent givin much info so  thsis is the best info i can give


    Answer by feralkitten at 3:31 AM on Apr. 13, 2011

  • Diet is very important and like feralkitten said get him out running, walking or even music and art might help and reading.

    A boy (13)in my family with adhd loves to read, and fight with his brother. His mom thinks he has nothing, boys will be boys. She is very wrong!!


    Answer by gammie at 4:08 AM on Apr. 13, 2011

  • ADHD has no known cause – although many feel that it is due to a chemical imbalance in the brain caused either by environmental or genetic factors. Some environmental factors include; toxin exposure during pregnancy, food additives and allergies, sugar, caffeine, and food coloring – however much of this is theory.

    There is considerable difference of opinion has to how refined sugar affects a child’s behavior. Many studies have found no evidence that refined sugar affects behavior of children. Some feel that a typical celebration (such as a child’s birthday party) is linked to high sugar intake and therefore excitable behavior can be linked to the celebration.

    Answer by feralkitten at 4:20 AM on Apr. 13, 2011

  • Anecdotal Evidence

    However, anecdotally, there is evidence that processed foods can be linked with hyperactive behavior. As a parent you can try to remove as many high-sugar, and colored foods as possible. Juices should be diluted, and sodas, candy, and cookies should be avoided altogether.
    Omega-3 and ADHD

    @Omega-3@ is an essential fatty acid (i.e. a form of polyunsaturated fat) found in certain fish, and in vegetable sources (such as flax, hemp, and walnuts). There has been a considerable body of research showing that omega-3 (or more specifically the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats) is essential for correct brain function. There is even evidence showing that a pregnant mother who is low in @omega-3@ can affect the brain develop of the baby during the 3rd trimester.

    Answer by feralkitten at 4:21 AM on Apr. 13, 2011

  • Sources of Omega-3

    * 100g Salmon (provides 230mg omega-3)
    * 100g Sardines (provides 220mg omega-3)
    * 100g Herring (provides 160mg omega-3)
    * 100g Tuna (provides 160mg omega-3). The tuna must be fresh or frozen – as canned tuna usually has the oil drained (and is often replaced with omega-6 oils).

    ADHD Children and Omega-3

    If your child will not eat fish, try mixing in flaxseed oil into certain foods, or look for “enriched” products (such as milks or breads) that have omega-3 added.

    Answer by feralkitten at 4:21 AM on Apr. 13, 2011