Is There A Natural Treatment For ADHD?

Yes…and no.  I’m not a doctor, I’m just a mom.  So I don’t want to tell you there is a natural treatment for ADHD and have you run out to try it.  There are many vitamin supplements, and other natural products, out there that can be toxic to children.  I must ask you to please talk to the Pediatrician before trying any home remedies with your children.  The Pediatrician would know best.  I would hate for a baby to get sick.

It’s important to understand that there is no wonder drug or cure all for this disorder.  There are effective ways of treating some of the symptoms.  That’s probably the best you can hope for.  I absolutely dreaded putting my 3 year old on medication drugs to treat the ADHD.  I absolutely hated it.  But I had to ensure that he was going to be able to function in school and before the meds, he wouldn’t have.  Come to find out, his ADHD is secondary to Epilepsy.  And it just so happens that ADHD medications trigger seizures in people with Epilepsy.  So my son is no longer, and never will be again, on ADHD medication.

Are there natural ways to treat some of the symptoms of ADHD?  Yes.  There are two that I’ve found so far.

 

Zinc

PoultryStudies have found that zinc supplements have reportedly improved symptoms related to hyperactivity and impulsivity, but not much in the way of inattentiveness.  Let me be clear, please do not run out and buy Zinc supplements for your child.  Call the doctor if you want to give them any supplements at all.  My recommendation would be to research different foods that are high in Zinc.  Offhand, this would include your red meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, beans, nuts, and whole grains.

 

 

 

 

 

Fish OilFish

Fish Oil has reportedly improved mental skills related to organization and when mixed with primrose oil improves symptoms of hyperactivity and inattentiveness in children.  Naturally, your fish oil is going to come from fish such as trout, sardines, tuna, and salmon.  Again, don’t run out and buy fish oil supplements without talking to the Pediatrician first.

 

 

 

 

St. John’s Wort

St Johns WortIt has been thought that St. John’s Wort also improved symptoms of ADHD, however, studies could not confirm that this is the case.  Studies show that it is ineffective in treating ADHD symptoms.

I’m a strong advocate of trying anything reasonable in relation to coping, life skills, and discipline to help ADHD children get through their days before subjecting them to any medication at all.  Please, please, please do not give your children any supplements or medications without being absolutely certain that it is what they need.

 

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