How I took my children off of ADHD Medication…
One of the main questions I am asked on a daily basis is how I took my children off of all of their ADHD medication?
I like to say there were just a simple answer and a magic solution and it happened overnight…sadly it didn’t! A little background on my children if you are new to hearing about my blog, I have one daughter who is eight and she started our journey with ADHD, she was tested first at the age of five and give a diagnosis of combined type ADHD and Anxiety. We felt the ADHD diagnosis wasn’t too far off, as I myself had struggled my whole life with attention and focusing issues and was not diagnosed until I was twenty-nine. The first medicine they prescribed me worked and I never looked back, well my daughter was not that easy! She tried ELEVEN different medications everything from stimulants to non-stimulants, mood-regulators, sleeping medicines you name it she tried it. Nothing worked, and if it did, it worked for a month and then caused her more side effects in the long run. After three years of trying, she finally was put on Focalin and had a seizure and wet her bed in the middle of the night, I WAS DONE!
My son who was four at the time, has also that summer tried two medications a stimulant Adderall and a very low dose and had crazy side effects from it, and his last stop was a non -stimulant Clondine and Intuitiv combination that landed him a ticket to a children’s psychiatric ward for twelve weeks.All of this mind you happened the same summer, we knew something wasn’t right and something else was causing the ADHD-like symptoms in both children and I started really feeling guilty as a mother for the choices I had made. We started with my son as his reaction happened first and was so severe it almost killed him, and took him off of all medication in the hospital, against all the doctors advice mind you. My daughter had been on the medication for three years she was not as easy to come off of the medication, but we did, and it was a ruff month coming down fully on it.
So where did I start after they came off the medication…That’s simple lots of research!I am going to save you some of that research and tell you the Top three changes that worked for us in the very begging and is a great starting point.
Diet is key for kids showing signs of ADHD, many children have food sensitivities and food allergies and you don’t even know its happening, not everyone’s throat closes up when this happens. Some food allergies cause inflammation and the first place the inflammation goes is to a child’s stomach and then to their brain! So my first suggestion would be to do the “The Feingold Diet” it is a program specifically for kids with ADHD, we saw great improvements right off the bat. We also did allergies testing and received some answers but sadly not everything both children were sensitive to was showing up on basic testing. Sensitives to food don’t always show up on allergy testing,and the main reason why is you can get a reaction to a sensitivity five minutes from eating the specific food to five days, they can be tricky, so the best way to determine it to eliminate the top six allergen categories, which is what the Feingold Diet does! It also has you eliminate all dyes and preservatives, and honestly, dyes are one of the top reasons kids show ADHD symptoms that don’t even truly have ADHD!
2. Vitamin Deficiencies
Most children with ADHD are lacking in vitamins, and not all of them but very specific ones, some pediatricians will order blood works, and it can show on the testing most of the time. Yet we found the best test to do that is very accurate and doesn’t involve needles is an OAT (Organic Acid Test) and you can order it without even having your pediatricians sign off on it!The best place to order one if your doctor is unaware how to is through The Great Plains Laboratory, and it will tell you everything from Amino Acids to basic vitamins . The three we have found affect most children with ADHD or CAUSE ADHD symptoms are Magnesium, Zinc, and Vitamin D deficiencies. A great book that will help you is above ” The ADHD and Autism Supplemental Handbook”.
3. Omega 3’s
Omega 3 Fatty Acids(especially DHA) are the building blocks a child needs to build a healthy brain. Insufficient omega-3 levels are common in children with ADHD, and there is evidence that omega-3 supplementation, especially in combination with the omega-6 fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA; found in borage oil and evening primrose oil) improves behavior and ADHD symptoms. My children use one by Nordic Naturals it is a liquid see picture above, it works great and we saw great improvement!
If you follow my blog you will learn we have found many other working components in the last eight months that were wrong with both of our children, including infections, healing the gut and more, and I will continue to talk about them and maybe do a second blog post for people who have already done the first three steps. It is a very overwhelming process sometimes when you decide to go the more natural route but the biggest advice I can make is go one step at a time, adding too many things at once or getting rid of too many things at once can cause their behavior to be worse and will make you become more frustrated! Good luck and as always I am just an email away for any help you may need!
Originally published at www.3withadhd.com on March 24, 2016.