My son is seven years young. He just got diagnosed with ADHD. I am familiar with it, have family members with it. But they are heavily medicated for theirs. I refuse to my son on medication as he’s only 7. What are some tips or advice you can give on how to handle this? We already have a routine set as he thrives on that. Just looking for outside opinions. Thank you(:
It’s like diabetics, they often need lifestyle & medication. Why withhold what your kid needs to thrive?
Give him extra things to do. Extra work books. Even coloring books. Ask him special projects just for you. Worked for my kiddo good luck momma you are doing everything right
Diet, exercise, hand on activities!
Sometimes meds are the correct route. It could help him. The medical field has worked hard to find things/meds that work for adhd. Why withhold them from your son if he could thrive with the meds?
As an adult who didn’t become medicated for ADHD until I was 39, I struggled in school badly, had anxiety, issues with forming relationships and I wish I would have been medicated then.
Homecooked food from scratch, no red dye, minimal sugar snd dyes. No fluorescent lights, exercise outside in the sun, b vitamins
Educate yourself on different types of medications. Some meds I would say hell no and others at a low low dose could help him tremendously. Medications aren’t as bad as people think and don’t always sedate, if you don’t allow them to be on a high dose of the medication or on the medications that do have major side effects.
Lots of hands on activities, lots of exercise before doing school work. Cut off all distractions and reward often. Allow many breaks to stretch
Sports, extra curricular activities, lots of encouragement and stimulation!
The correct medication will do wonders. I, too, took a while to warm up to the idea, but my son has benefited greatly. He finally has confidence in his schooling. He goes to his pediatrician every three months to keep an eye on him.
Caffeine will help. I wasn’t diagnosed until my early 30’s, but my brother was diagnosed (and medicated) as a child. I struggled in school and socially while he had fewer issues.
My daughter is 7 and has had ADHD since she was 2. I didn’t get her medicated until she was 6 because she was falling behind in school. But she isn’t heavily medicated. It typically wears off by the end of school. Anyways keep him busy and find things he enjoys doing. My daughter gets lost in doing crafts for hours. My mom bought her a yoga ball to bounce on when she is doing homework or she can do it while watching TV. Also when the weather is nice I let her go out and play for atleast 1 hour. It helps her wind down for bed. Also limit his screen time weather it be a tablet, video games or even TV. Cut out any red or orange food dyes. They can trigfer bad behaviors. It over stimulates them and can cause them to have bad behaviors as well. Good luck momma you do whats best for you and him Maybe take him to a psychiatrist. They can really help him and also teach you how to be a better parent. They are an amazing resource! Also might want to bring it up to his teacher and school’s guidance counselor. They maybe able to provide him some type of support at school when he is having bad days.
Have you looked up equizen? We used god my daughter with great results
I totally support your choice to not medicate your son. There are a number of things you can do to support him. You can increase his omegas to help support his brain, you can set up systems that have rewards to help his brain release enough dopamine. He can get involved in high Intensity sports if he is really active, or give him room to find things that make him feel accomplished without feeling guilty when he drops them because they don’t give dopamine anymore. Music is a great hobby that helped me. Learning new languages to keep his brain engaged, and learning good coping mechanisms for when the overwhelm is just too much. But that all being said, let me just pose a question to you.
If your son was told he had diabetes and he needed insulin to help would you feel the same?
I fully support everyone’s right to choice. My experience as a person with adhd, who was diagnosed late in life, getting medication to support my brain and help it function was in the same box as getting insulin to support a pancreas and help it function. With even a small dose of medication I wasn’t so overwhelmed with the chaos that was going on in my head. I didn’t feel like a failure all the time because I do the things, things that seemed so hard before. I did t have to fight with my own brain to just eat, or do my dishes, or finish a work assignment.
I know medications aren’t for everyone, but I also know there is a huge stigma about them being “bad” and I don’t think that’s fair to those of us who have much better lives with them than without.
I hope this helped?
Try coffee! Works on my kid!
You don’t need to medicate until you or him decided it’s best(i.e struggling HEAVILY in school, social relationships, mental health, etc…) my daughter is 6 and was just diagnosed in summer 2020, but I’ve known since she was 3 and I will not medicate until she asks or it becomes necessary. I immediately pulled Red Dye 40 from her diet, but other dyes can affect too… found dairy triggers her too so elimanted that from her diet. Idk if your son struggles with sleep but my daughter does and it’s common for adhd, and when they’re tired their symptoms can get heightened so I did start giving her 1mL of melatonin at night and it does wonders. Look into vitamins certain defiencies can also trigger symptoms, so look into the First Day vitamin, it’s pricey but has been worth it for my daughter.
EXERCISE! He has to get that energy out.
sounds really weird but look into taking out red dye in foods it help my little brother for a few months but his is bad.
First main thing-- No red dye or high fructose corn syrup!