How do you deal with loss of appetite?

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Registered: 06-27-2005
How do you deal with loss of appetite?
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Tue, 08-11-2009 - 9:45pm

My DS, Stephen (9) was recently diagnosed with ADHD, and prescribed Aderall XR (20mg) It has done wonders for him, he is more organized, can find his belongings, can play cards with us, and is just more bearable (my daughter would disagree, she thinks 'the new Stephen is boring!' LOL)

The one HUGE problem we are having is decreased appetite. In the 3 weeks he's been on the meds, he has lost 4 pounds. Several times in the last week he has complained of dizziness and nausea. I'm really starting to get concerned. I have been able to get a little more food in him today....but thought you might have some tips, and does the appetite get better as time goes on?

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Registered: 03-04-2009
Wed, 08-12-2009 - 9:41am

Hi, Penny


I know exactly how you feel. We had issues with my ds at first too. His dr at the time just told us to let him eat whatever he wanted...just to get calories in him. I personally didn't like that philosophy b/c we all know what manipulators kids are, especially ADHD kids. Not to mention how do you teach your kids good eating habits when all they are eating are ice cream and pizza!?


In our experience the nausea, stomach upset, etc usually goes away within the first month. But if it continues you should talk to your doctor.


we always make sure our kids eat breakfast no matter what. I make sure that DS has breakfast before taking hid medicine. I always offer healthy snacks... for example DS loves apples...but we add caramel or peanut butter to the slices to add some calories and flavor... makes them more appealing.

jenn

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Registered: 06-27-2005
Wed, 08-12-2009 - 10:22am

Yesterday seemed to be a better day.....he ate an entire bowl of cereal for breakfast.....then for lunch (according to DS, I didn't witness it for myself)

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Wed, 08-12-2009 - 11:48am

My DS went through the same loss of appetite when he was on Concerta. After a year of poor appetite we reduced the dosage by a third and he regained his appetite. His ability to focus and maintain impulse control were also a little reduced, but it was still within manageable limits.

You've been given a few great suggestions (and another one that my DS' ped gave us it to slip skim milk powder - which is pure protein - into the foods that he would eat...such as flavoured oatmeal, mashed potatoes, yogurt, pudding, smoothies, ect...and we also made a lot of homemade burgers that I would put grated cheese and an egg into the mix to add to the calories and protein...protein was what my DS' ped was most concerned about) but after some time (we waited a year) you may want to consider a small reduction in the meds!

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Wed, 08-12-2009 - 6:11pm

that does seem like a pretty good day. How is with drinking? I swear my DS i have to force him to drink... if that's possible...We have a continuing argument that sometimes when you feel hungry you are really thirsty. How was his dizziness after eating well?


jenn

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Wed, 08-12-2009 - 6:47pm

He said he was still dizzy, but didn't act like he was feeling that bad...

His drinking is an issue too....I send a bottle of water and bet he only drank about 4 ounces out of it, which is clearly not enough. I think I'm going to send juice with his lunch because I'm pretty sure he'll drink that.....normally we only drink water to avoid the extra sugars in juice, but I think at this point I'd rather make sure he's hydrated.

He actually said to me today that he wants to not take his pill tomorrow and see if it helps him feel better, So he's noticed too. We have an appointment on the 24th, so just trying to make it through until then.

But oh my goodness! This is a completely different child! He has actually come home from school and done his homework without even being reminded.....and was able to get it done despite distractions....AND he's brought his lunchbox home every day this week (last year we had 3 lunchboxes, and I'd have to search through the lost and found once a week to collect them)

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Wed, 08-12-2009 - 8:50pm

We have all had this problem with weight - each child is different. What I did is give his pills and immediately serve breakfast - I knew lunch was out of the question.

Denise

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Thu, 08-13-2009 - 8:42am

I've only posted a few times on this board, but one of my posts was about this same issue.

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Thu, 08-13-2009 - 10:36am
...you've gotten some really good suggestions...I too give my son his medicine after he eats breakfast...his breakfast is full of good stuff like yogurt and fresh fruit and bran muffins with craisins and bananas...he drinks a nice glass of juice and has peanut butter (low fat) on his muffin...he'll eat lunch at school (or, he buys one) but I don't think actually eats it...maybe a bite or two...he will start eating about 700 in the p.m. and will eat for 2 hours...and, I let him...we make his 'diets' count for every bite...I am lucky that he like healthy food, but we've cut out the junk for the most part and now save ice cream and cake for special occasions...he's now 13 (almost 13) and he still gets excited when we go out for the occasional sundae or milk shake...the plus side of his medicine is so great that we've simply adjusted...and, I've actually taken the whole family to a very healthy 'diet'...and, we no longer dictate by a clock when everyone eats...to make up for the family time lost at the table...we have family hour where we turn every electronic thing off (except for lights) and we talk...good luck...
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Thu, 08-13-2009 - 11:51am

I agree with you about the water thing. I have a hard time finding stuff that DS will drink. We found out he had a milk allergy when he was about 10 months. So he went to Soy formula and then when he started drinking "regular" milk, it was soy, as well. I had this same type of allergy when I was a kid too. Like me he has grown out of it

jenn

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Registered: 02-14-2007
Thu, 08-13-2009 - 5:43pm

You are - so - absolutely right - when kids start cooking or investing time like you said - they usually will eat it or at least try it


I know having junk food is not good - but I was soooooo desperate to put weight on him I bought anything that I thought he would eat.


My son prefers healthy food - he limits his meat intake and like chicken - he likes to buy Jack in the Box Chicken salad


I also use to buy Boost Plus Chocolate flaver - he'd go thru 2 of them and thats like 600 calories.

Denise

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