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Thank you so much for sharing your experience! This is really helpful and I appreciate you! My son sounds very similar — I will continue trying to help him as best as I can without meds for now. If/when life calls for them, then we will try them. For now I want to first try everything else I can. Mostly because of the food issue — he is already so thin and small it scares me to think of him eating less! Thank you again!
Sorry you are also going through this 🙁 So far this week I feel like the complementary vitamins and oils are helping:
Omega 3 Fish Oil — Both my kids LOVE this kind and ask for it because it’s so tasty: Barlean’s Omega Swirl
Magnesium supplement (100 mg.) given in the evening
Oil diffuser bracelet (leather) that I put some “calming” and “focusing oils” on it. Lavendar, Frankinsense, Vetiver. I don’t know if this really helps but it’s a good way to get him to stop, take a deep breathe and think about what he has to do next.
Oil “Focus” Roller: 10 drops each of: Lavender, Frankincense, Vetiver and Cedarwood oil topped with fracionated coconut oil. I put it along his spine and back of the neck. Just trying it out but don’t know how it’s working because we are off school right now.
I am also much more focused on making sure he is getting enough protein — Especially at breakfast. We have also being more patient with him and giving him one task at a time. When I ask him to do something, I try and get down and make eye contact with him and have him repeat back to me what he’s going to do.
I will say this, we are not in school right now because it’s winter break. However, his at home his behavior seems really improved. He went from getting multiple time outs per day to getting none. I hope that is helpful to you and your family!
Thank you for posting this question an to everyone who responded! My soon-to-be 8-year-old son was just diagnosed with Inattentive ADHD. I am struggling with the idea of medicating him but reading these responses is hugely eye-opening. Neither my husband nor I gave ADHD so this is new territory for us. Reading your responses brought tears to my eyes a number of times.
My son is highly intelligent and not overactive so it wasn’t until this year in second grade that we can see that he can’t stay organized, that he makes careless mistakes, that he can’t easily handle his own personal care, that he can’t remember to do basic things like put his name on his homework, etc. He teacher is lovely and very supportive and encouraged us to see his pediatrician.
There is so much in these responses that I didn’t even realize might be connected to ADHD. Last night at bed time he told me that no one wants to play with him 🙁 I almost cried. He is a great kid, super smart, super kind but now I see that maybe this could all be related. Thank you.