My Forum Comments
I make my kid smoothies- they are nice because you can make a big batch and freeze them. Whole plain or vanilla greek yogurt, frozen strawberries/blueberries/mango, banana, coconut water, other fruit you have on hand. I also sometimes put protein powder in it but if your son doesn’t like Boost the protein powder does have a similar vitamin-like taste. My son will also eat the Fiber One protein bars, the sugar isn’t out of control and they have a lot of protein and fiber. Good luck!
If you don’t want to totally abandon tech: I use an app called Alarmed which has a “nag me” feature. It keeps playing the reminder every 15 minutes for 2 hours until I go into the app and turn it off!
To Cookie Monster- I agree with ADHDmomma- all the different variations of ADHD meds are slightly different- different versions of the molecule, etc. It’s true that one “family” (either the methylphenidate or the amphetamine) tends to work better than the other for most people, but once you find your correct family you can experiment with different formulations. Some may cause nausea some may not. For example, my son was on regular ol’ methylphenidate for years until we wanted to try an extended release, so we tried Concerta. Concerta has some fancy release mechanism that allows a slower release and more gradual come-down. And all the amphetamine versions are slightly different variations on the same molecule, but those variations can make a big difference. ANYWAY my point is I would find a different doctor.
I think the side effects are a cost vs. benefit ratio. The nice thing about these drugs is you can try different ones once or twice- no need to wait weeks to see if it works, because you’ll be able to tell.
We do not give our son breaks, and I have read that giving them a break on the weekends or summer is now thought not to be advantageous. Although I hear you with the weight gain- I give my son calorie rich (yet somewhat healthy) foods because of this.
Finally, Kondasa- honestly if my kid’s teacher told me he seemed like a “normal second grader” I would re-evaluate how you got him/her diagnosed. Was it taking the Vanderbilt questionnaire in the Dr. office? Or was it a 4-hour test given by a psychologist? There’s a big difference.
It’s hard to have a wiggly kid. But some kids, ADHD or not, are never going to sit still and watch a sporting event. I am in absolute awe when I see some 4 year old with no toys or anything to do other than sit on the bleachers and watch their brother play soccer. But my friends without kids with ADHD feel the same way!!!
- This reply was modified 3 years, 1 month ago by LimeRabbit.