When Vacation Bible School ends is when I tend to start thinking about the next school year. I’ve begun by researching ways I can help my 2nd grader, who was recently diagnosed with ADHD, have a chance at a successful school year. These 10 natural ways to help kids with ADHD that I’ve listed below are a good start.
10 Natural Ways to Help Kids with ADHD
My son, Brody, has been very busy this summer so far. He just completed a full month of swimming lessons in the mornings and summer school in the afternoons, followed by a week-long vacation bible school. Now he is off to Grandma’s for two weeks. We are so proud of him, and do you know, for the most part, he has stayed happy through it all. Brody rarely gets down and out, and we intend to keep it that way.
Brody was diagnosed with ADHD in the middle of this past school year. He wasn’t able to stay focused long enough to get his work done. We had a meeting with school officials and immediately put him on a 504 plan, which means he’ll have extra assistance in school every year that the program is available. He loves school, but he’s a little behind because he is unable to stay focused. We never want to put him on prescribed medications because of all the side-effects, so I’ve opted to treat his ADHD with these 10 natural ways.
Natural Ways to Help Kids with ADHD
Please note: I did my research on every category below, but most of the info comes directly from me because I live it every day.
Serve Up Omega-3’s Every Day
If your child doesn’t want to eat Omega-3 rich foods, such as salmon, sardines, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and nuts, then an excellent wholesome supplement is critical here. Nordic Naturals is my choice for my child’s Omega-3’s as well as my own.
Boost Vitamin B to help kids with ADHD
For boosting brain power, memory, focus, and attention, you’ll want to feed your child foods with high sources of Vit. B, such as eggs, poultry, bell peppers, and spinach. There are also great Vit B6 and Vit B12 supplements for children.
Magnesium is known for its calming effect and helps with sleep. It also helps with anxiety and irritability, which can exacerbate ADHD. According to Nutritionist, Sara V. of Rebalance Life, San Diego, CA, kids ages 4 to 8 start with 130 mg of magnesium in the morning. Give another dose at night if the child has trouble sleeping.
Consider Giving Up Gluten [or at least some]
It’s said over and over that gluten is a disruptor to our digestive tract. Gluten is a protein, but to some, it’s a tough protein to digest. Too much is too much for our littles to understand and can cause their system to get inflamed. While not all gluten-free foods on the market are healthy, you’ll want to look for foods that do not contain GMOs, especially foods with corn. I posted 10 SIGNS YOU ARE GLUTEN INTOLERANT in hopes it might help whoever reads it to know and perhaps understand more about this controversial subject.
Avoid Processed Foods
Try to choose whole, real foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables your kid’s lunches. Avoid high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors like Yellow 5, Blue 1, and Red 40, as these are linked to increased hyperactivity in children.
Go to Bed Early, Get Up Early
We make sure our son is in bed AND ASLEEP by 8-8:15 pm. Sometimes that’s hard, especially when he has sports-related or cub scout activities, but for the most part, this is what we do. We also get him up early enough in the mornings to eat a healthy breakfast, and then he can watch TV if there’s time. We try to avoid rushes him.
One night I was scratching my son’s back as I always do, then I thought I’d massage his back. Well, that was the beginning of something he loves. I also read where bedtime massages are very calming for children. You don’t have to use massage oils; I don’t, I just massage his muscles until he either falls asleep or you get tired.
I’ll admit, being consistent is hard for us. If we all can maintain consistency in the rules we make, this will make our mornings, days; evenings run a lot smoother. Kids with ADHD do thrive on structure, consistency, and routines. Don’t give them the run of the house, set boundaries, and provide options.
Work with Teachers
Do understand that your child’s teacher may have other students with learning disabilities, let alone other kids they must teach. Our child is not the only one that needs his or her attention. Be sure to work with their teachers and let them know you intend to be their “partner” in this. If possible, help out in the classroom as much as you can.
And lastly, Electronic Timeout
I think, as parents, we know when our kids have had too much electronic time. They start to get edgy and well, downright mean. When my son puts down his IPad and goes outside to play, he is a much sweeter kid and is willing to obey the rules more.
This is the only kind of face I want to see!!
I hope these 10 natural ways to help kids with ADHD have helped you in some way.
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