New here, maybe starting meds for DS

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New here, maybe starting meds for DS
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Thu, 05-19-2011 - 10:20pm

Hi all, I'm just hoining the board.

Emily with William, 5/30/03, and Kathryn, 10/25/06

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Sun, 05-22-2011 - 12:39am

HI, and welcome

Not all kids have appetite issues on meds, and some worse than others. You won't know until you try.

As you know, there is a variety of ADHD meds out tthere, and if one doesn't work, others might.

Alot of parents add fats and protein to the diet.

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Sun, 05-22-2011 - 7:56am

we've dealt with weight issues before with Liam because he also had a cleft at birth we had issues gaining weight as a newborn and again when he would have surgeries on his mouth. Now on paper Liam was overweight before we started medication, but if you look at him he is very slender and we did worry so we did revert to some post op calorie high tricks. Liam's favorite is a vanila shake, ice cream, whole milk, a carnation or pediasure shake, protien powder and yogart. I also have some muffin recipes that add yogart and I add the protien powder to them. Because my kids were always slender we never switched to a lower fat milk. If there is no allergy peanuts are a great healthy fat I find ways to sneak peanut butter into my baking too. Biggest thing I have to stress with my DH is we have to let him eat when he is hungry. If medication wears off at 7pm and he barely touched dinner make him something dont yell at him its too late.

Now Liam is a picky eater, I did look into ADHD diets and to be honest I think it would cause more of a weight loss. Again we have been lucky because on paper his weight tells a different story then by looking at him. My youngest is on the short side so its a little different he looks younger so he looks chuncky but he is in the 6th for height and weight and he will eat anything. We did have a 4lb weight loss in two weeks but by 3rd month of medication his weight stabled. We do take weekends off and will be taking the summer off. Liam summer camp keeps him going ALL day so not the same issues he has at school being confined to classroom and a desk for 90% of the day.

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Mon, 05-23-2011 - 1:07pm
I do some of the same type things, make him protein drinks with milk (sometimes use half-n-half), Carnation Instant Breakfast and protein powder. He loves peanut butter and cheese, so we encourage that a lot. We also take breaks over the weekends and summer and really work on bulking him up.

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Tue, 05-31-2011 - 11:33am

here are plenty of concerns with the meds but the appetite isn't something I would stress over too much.

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Tue, 05-31-2011 - 11:06pm
I suggest that you take him to an optometrist who does vision therapy and get him tested. My son had tracking issues (convergence is the technical term) where his eyes could not move across the page together. He had every sign of dyslexia, but could read when the font was big enough. Our medical insurance covered the vision therapy, and I am happy to say that he just tested way above grade level a year after completing vision therapy.

At the same time that we were about to start vision therapy, I had him tested by a nuero-psychologist, who said that he had ADHD. We homeschool and I said no meds right now. The thing is, the vision therapy helped immensely with the H part of the ADHD. Because he couldn't see things properly, he was seeing in double vision which made things "float" around (one of the signs of dyslexia) and he could get them to stay still if HE moved. Once he strengthened and trained the muscles in his eyes, he didn't need to move. It also made it much easier for him to write, eat, and do most everything else.

It would be good for you to rule this out. Vision therapy is not cheap, and sometimes glasses can also help. I am convinced had we done meds like the dr wanted, my son would not be where he is now. And, they would not have helped much with the movement, and dyslexia symptoms. When he is a bit older, we may try meds if he feels he needs it. Right now we have 8 years of ADHD behavior to rework. With your son, if he does not need vision therapy, then you need to work with the school to get an IEP to address in an appropriate manner his learning needs. Ruling out the vision issues will help them and you to get him what he needs.
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Thu, 06-09-2011 - 9:13pm

Thanks for the reply.

Emily with William, 5/30/03, and Kathryn, 10/25/06

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Mon, 06-20-2011 - 5:08pm

We have our 10 yr old son on Vyvanse and Strattera, and did not start meds until age 8. We were really nervous and it did kill his appetite initially but after 2-3 months it seemed to come back a little. We also have some favorite special treats available for him any time to encourage more eating (hot chocolate with whole milk, Fiber One soft bread with butter, sushi rolls after school, and cereal galore).