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Hi Im new here. So I guess Ill introduce myself briefly.
Im a mom of 2 boys ages 8 and 7 and one little girl who is 2. My oldest son, Malik, has ADHD and some days he's more of a handful than a room full of two year olds! While searching for new ideas on what to do to help him get himself under control I decided maybe joining a message board for Moms with ADHD children would be beneficial for my sanity ( what little I have left ) and I stumbled upon this website.
Ive gone the way of natural remedies on this one due to some scary medication related problems I had with my son last year that landed him in the hospital. Id rather deal with his impulsive behavior than have extra problems to deal with as a result of making him a guinea pig.
Any other mothers trying to use some kind of herbal treatment to help with their son or daughters ADHD? Any ideas or kind words or advice. I feel like Im just learning all this as I go along. Any advice would be welcome.
Anyway nice to meet you all Thanks for listening
Welcome Sarah, I'm Linda mom to 3. I myself have ADHD (on meds), my 6 year old son has autism and ADHD (not medicated), my 5 year old soon to be adopted daughter has pFAS and probable ADHD (not medicated), my two year old soon to be adopted son will eventually probably also be diagnosed with pFAS and ADHD as well.
The biggest thing that has helped my son and daughter stay focused is deep pressure (google sensory processing disorder and read about kids that are under sensitive to external stimuli). Both my kiddo's crave pressure (they like to crash into things, push their bodies up against things, etc) so any kind of pressure helps them calm down and focus. At school my son uses a weighted lap pad to help him, and my little girl loves bear hugs and rough housing to help calm her. It's like their bodies are going crazy needing input that their minds can't focus until their bodies get some input then they are good for a while.
My son also has a weighted blanket (my daughter didn't like it) and I looked into getting him a weighted vest but he fell in love with the blanket so we just stayed with that. They also have these squeeze vests out there (basically a tight breathable shirt) that could also help.