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This reply was originally posted by user adhdmomma in ADDitude’s now-retired community.
We had this problem with my son when he was younger (puberty seems to override it and now he eats like a horse). Here are some things I did to combat weight loss when it was an issue:
1. Protein shakes for breakfast—made them with whole milk, whole milk ice cream, peanut butter, and protein powder (watch the sugar). If your child will let you, add a banana too.
2. Add mayo, sauces, and gravy to food as much as possible.
3. Use full-fat versions of milk, butter, mayo, etc…
4. Protein bars or similar are small but can pack a big nutrient punch (read labels).
We tried this for about a year, it kept him from losing weight, but he still wasn’t gaining. So his doctor prescribed cyproheptadine, an old allergy medicine often used with ADHD meds to stimulate appetite. He gained at least 10 lbs the next year and was no longer underweight.
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