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Seeking non-pharma ADHD interventions/suggestions

Hi there! I have a little girl, age 8 recently diagnosed with ADHD inattentive type and dyslexia/dyscalculia. We have a VERY STRONG history of addiction in our family, particularly my brother, who was dx-ed and placed on Ritalin at age 6 in the 1980s and still struggles with substances which has had terrible fallout for all of us, so I am hesitant out of the box to use meds until our daughter is old enough to be an informed partner in that conversation. This is a decision that I have reached for the moment, so please no posts trying to convince me right now of the benefits of updated medications, or that she'll eventually self-medicate if I don't medicate her now, etc. I have heard and considered these arguments and that is not where we are at right now. What I am interested in is hearing if essential oils have been useful for your kiddos and/or fish oil and/or other alternative, non-pharmaceutical therapies? If so, how did you use them and specifically what brands and combinations? Thanks so very much. New to this whole world.

-Robyn

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Hi, I can relate to you my son Is 7 and has ADHD and we are not doing meds as of now. He has a 504 plan for school which is helping him. His teachers have to give him breaks and re- read him questions if he is having a hard time. He also has to sit close to the teacher. We have him in travel hockey, lacrosse and try to keep him involved activities. He does like his PS4 , but limit his use because he would be on it all day if he could. I try to keep him on a routine as much as possible. He tends to get angry from time to time which is frustrating, but I try to be understanding. I have changed his diet to gluten free it’s been two weeks I heard it takes up to six weeks, so I will post an update later on.

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We use a combination of different essential oils in a diffuser in my sons room at night and in the morning for about an hour each. Vetiver is very grounding... there is a good website about essential oil uses (especially for children) that I refer to a lot. thehippyhomemaker.com

Good luck! 👍🏼😊

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You must check this out! Very good for inattentive. It takes about 90 days to gain full effect. FDA approves for ADHD

vayadirect.com/

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Sorry, I really disagree with this statement, this medication usage. This drug is used for people that early stage memory issues. I would not give this to my son. It is also $190.00 a bottle.

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How where your children diagnosed? All my neurologist did was go by a form that the teacher filled out.

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We took her to a neuropsych for a full workup.

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Did this help you? Did you do this through the school district or privately?

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We did this privately...it was extremely helpful!

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I just looked into it ,it’s 3,500 is that about right?

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Probably depends where you live. Ours was significantly less $$$

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I talked to my doctor about fishoil/krill oil. He said they don't really cross the blood-brain barrier so they can't have much effect. He said they are pricey and so you're just producing expensive urine.

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I have an 8 year old non medicated ADHD girl. We have decided to not consider medication until she is at least a teenager. We didn’t find essential oils to be helpful with her. We haven’t tried fish oils. The two things that have been the most helpful for us are

1.Exercise. She had done dance and gymnastics but right now she is on the swim team and plays water polo. If her activities go on break, we notice a huge difference in her ability to self regulate. She needs to really exert herself for about an hour a day.

2. Believe it or not, YouTube! Or specifically the YouTube channel, “How to ADHD. “. Our daughter loves it and it has made her feel good about herself and given her ideas on how to cope and compensate for some of the things she struggles with.

Good for you for trusting your gut with your child!

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Thank you! This is so very helpful! Just signed her up for swim team yesterday!

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Yes exercise and when not exercising keep her busy with something she enjoys. Maybe cooking in kitchen with you. Structure and you hang in there. But you will need bteaks for your owen stringth.

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Robynp88- what I would encourage you to do is become educated about ADHD and addiction which I think will help you the most.

I also think it is important to not compare anyone to your daughter.

Of course start with oils and any alternative treatments, but take time to research ADHD and understand that it is a neurological condition.

Best of luck with the journey and finding what works best for you and your family.

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Yes ADHD education is key, no one child is alike. Find out what works best for her. I really believe it’s all trial & error and figuring out what will work. When my son was 7 we did Brain Training or neurofeed back. It did help somewhat with his ADHD mental status & definitely his balance.

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My son, age 6, has what I would currently describe as fairly mild ADHD. He is currently unmediated.

Personally, we have not seen any changes with essential oils or dietary interventions. The only non-prescription things that make a huge difference are sleep, and caffeine (basically an OTC stimulant.)

Exercise helps him in the long term, but not in the short term. It wears out his self control before it barely makes a dent in his activity level (not saying don’t do it - we just don’t see immediate results at our house.)

Behavioral modifications, different parenting strategies, and some mindfulness activities has had varying degrees of improvement. Though we try to be pragmatic and stay aware if we’ve crossed a line where stronger treatment options are necessary.

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Hi Robyn, I just seen this post. My son is 7, not medicated until very recently, and essential oils were working great along with diet restrictions and a nearly Nazi level scheduled routine. His outbursts were extremely rare, was on track to be in general studies classes with his peers. We use a few different synergies, most of them bought from plant therapy. They have a great selection, and have even made roll ons that can be applied to the skin throughout the day. I highly recommend them. My son was just diagnosed as bipolar so we are still contemplating a plan, but the oils were very effective for us.

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