Hi all, I'm just hoining the board.
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).
Thanks for the reply.
here are plenty of concerns with the meds but the appetite isn't something I would stress over too much.
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.
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.