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      My soon to be 7 year old is on Vyvanse and has a low appitite and is very skinny. His mom also has ADD and loves carbohydrate rich snacks like chips. I know that ADD kiddos crave carbs, but my contention is 2 fold. One, these carby snacks aren’t healthy and make ADD worse. Two, he eats such a small amount that every calorie should count and be something healthier. What do you think? Thanks for the inut.

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      Penny Williams

      Yes, ideally kids eat nutritionally. BUT, sometimes getting them to eat at all is most important, like when ADHD medication is wrecking their appetite.

      To satisfy the carb cravings, try swapping them for crunchy, healthy snacks. Sometimes it’s the crunch they crave more than the carbs.

      Here are more tips for when stimulants rob kids of their appetite:

      Does ADHD Medication Make Every Meal a Power Struggle?

      When Meds Affect Appetite

      ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

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