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Old Yesterday, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by hunterseat View Post
Frustration and depression come from not being able to compete when these kids are sometimes smarter than the teacher.

Organic is not necessary. Removing chemicals that have the effect of bad drugs on or kids is.

What's ridiculous is dismissing scientific research without studying it or applying it.

Anyway, kudos for the OPs gf for wanting to try a nutritional approach.
Look, no one is saying there are no problems unrelated to an actual organic issue. I have been a teacher and some kids with attention problems were clearly placed in the wrong class or just needed more physical activity.

Some kids need medication. My best friend’s kid is one of those. Removing chemicals is not going to help her. She has food allergies and has been tested extensively already.
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Old Yesterday, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by claytonmom View Post
Here are some of my suggestions:
- Provide a healthy diet, encouraging eating regularly (no caffeine, try to limit sugar and increase protein to balance blood sugar levels)
- follow a routine, including plenty of sleep
- not too much screen time
- encourage exercise/sports
- reduce clutter and “stuff”, try to be organized
- keep the child busy, but not overly scheduled. Give them tasks where they feel needed and appreciated
This looks a lot like the advice my son's therapist gave him- along with the early use of meds while he was getting his act together. By the way, DS started on Ritalin and said it made him feel "homicidal". He stopped it immediately Adderall worked fine with no mood changes.

That list, along with minimal consumption of junk food and weird additives, all falls into the "can't hurt, might help" category,
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Old Yesterday, 06:39 PM
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There is none. Please don't encourage her to torture her child with food restrictions, or to endanger him with "supplements", which are all untested, and unapproved. If the child's ADD/ADHD is interfering with school and life-functioning, they should see their pediatrician or a child psychiatrist, and follow the doctor's recommendations.
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Old Today, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by grassroots View Post
My gf's kid was diagnosed with ADHD and she would like to try a more natural approach before medicating him with drugs. Has anyone seen positive improvements with ADHD in their child using non-prescription remedies?
I admit I'm no authority, but I've always wondered if any parents started by eliminating all sugar and caffeine from the child's diet, and drastically cut down on screen time.
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Old Today, 03:33 PM
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Again with the assumption that kids with ADHD are universally fed garbage. It’s really offensive and presumptuous.
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