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Thank you, ADHDMomma. Yes, I had heard of the allergy med to help stimualte appetite (read on the net) only AFTER I had taken him off the med. I had complained to his ped so often about his weight loss, looking for options, and I was surprised this wasn’t brought up. But, like you said, they aren’t experts in medication nuances like a psychiatrist would be.
On the calorie dense foods, well, I’ve tried it all. He has sensory issues, especially with taste and texture. Getting him to eat healthy food and healthy fats has been an on-going battle since I introduced solid foods to him at 6 mos old. I have made countless smoothies for him in the past (only for him to gag on it, take 30 minutes to drink it, then throw it up) and using different ingredients. I let him have milkshakes anytime he wants, etc, etc. I even took him to a health food store to let him try different kinds and flavors of weight gainer shakes. He would only drink 1 a day, which helped maintain weight instead of gain. I buy Nat valley Organic Fuel and he will usually drink one after sports. I could go on and on, but you get the picture.
Anyway, the heart palps, weight loss, and the possibility that Vyvanse has stunted his growth gives me great pause. I am meeting with a specialist this week and he seems to have some ideas on some medication combos that may be helpful.
Thank you for your post, I will continue to read up on the subject, thank you!
Hi, sonylisa, thank you for your reply. Yes, does seem like such a trial and error, doesn’t it. Must be a great feeling to see your son’s behavior improve. Sounds like the right combination, hope that works out well. I am seeing that I need to consider a combination of medication for my son, and I found a ped who specializes in ADHD. So, he will be much better at understanding the right combination of meds for my son than our current ped. Thanks again for your message.
Also, maybe having your ped check his levels of different minerals. I had my son’s vitamin D and iron levels, for example, checked years ago and was surprised when both were low. I put my son on fish oil (nordic naturals DHA) years ago and I saw improvement. B vitamins, Fish oil, Zinc, magnesium, iron, and D are very important for their mental health with direction from your doctor on dosing and management. My son still likes to take baths and I put a cup of epsom salts in it…I notice if I run out for a few days, he starts to get on edge. Anyway, hope this helps.
Thank you so much for your reply. I am starting to believe that a combination of meds may be more successful for my son. I found a pediatrician who specializes in ADHD, so I am making an appointment to meet with him…our current ped just doesn’t know. I need supernanny or an adhd coach to help with the rest so that my son has consistent structure, etc. And to tell me how to respond when he tries to manipulate a situation in his favor. You’d think a parent would get better at this after 14 years, but not so. Thank you for your help.