Trying to put on lbs.

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Registered: 06-04-2003
Trying to put on lbs.
Wed, 06-04-2003 - 2:34pm
My 10-1/2 yr old daughter with ADD in on Adderall XR (25 mg), weighs only 60 lbs. She has not put on any weight in the last 9 mos but has grown a few inches in height (as kids are prone to do). Her Dr is concerned now since she hasn't gained any weight (previously she has always gained a few lbs per year).

My question is, does anyone have any suggestions on how to put on a few lbs. I would love to be able to give her a few of mine, but...... Her Dr did recommend Instant Breakfast drink (with milk) as snack, etc. since it is high in calories. DD just doesn't seem to have any interest in food.

Thanks for any help.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 06-04-2003 - 4:21pm
Before you give her her adderall in the AM, get her to eat some kind of high calorie meal, maybe some beakfast bars & high protein shakes or some bacon. Also, in the evening when the med is not as strong, have her drink maybe a shake made with the instant breakfast. My son woldn't eat dinner until 8. I would make him those instant flavored oatmeal, he would only eat it if it has food coloring in it & sprinkles on it. Sometimes I would have to literally sit there & feed it to him, but he would eat it. We have finally gotten over all that & you can't see his ribs any more.
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Registered: 04-04-2003
Thu, 06-05-2003 - 1:23pm
I have the same problem with my 6 year old son. He has not gained in the past 8 months. We have started using whole milk and sometimes making him an instant breakfast shake(powdered type) with whole milk and vanilla icecream. We also use these as a snack in the evening. Also we try to get him to eat peanut butter on alot of things, apples, bananas, and the all time kid staple, PBJ(he likes to put chips on themor banana

I hope this helps, I know how frustrating it can be.

Good Luck,

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Registered: 05-26-2003
Thu, 06-05-2003 - 10:09pm
I had just the opposite problem. Taylor's doctor selected Adderall XR (30mg now, up from 20mg) because it had the appetite supression factor. She is 4'4" and weighed in at a 95lbs. Before the medication all she did was eat. She was constantly saying she was hungry and grazed all day. Now she's down 6 pounds and is looking great. I think she'd be good to lose another 5 or 6. Her pediatrician told me that as long as she's eating one decent meal a day he's not concerned. However, her appetite is concerning sometimes. It's hard to get her to eat, so I can empathise with you.

I agree with the PB suggestion. That will not only provide some calories, it's high in protein. You could also try having her make some of her own meals. Possibly the satisfaction of cooking her own food (or perhaps the family meal) will encourage her to eat her efforts. You might also try the Yo Baby yogurt since it's made with whole milk, Kudos bars, granola, bagels, etc. All of the stuff WE want to eat!

Good luck to you!

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Fri, 06-06-2003 - 10:28am
When my son was on stimulants he had no interest in food at all. There were a couple of instances when he went 2 days without really eating anything.

I called the ADHD society we have in our area and she gave me a few suggestions. One was to use the slimfast powder in recipes for cookies and muffins as a vitamin and calorie boost. She also suggested using the weight gain powder you can find in GNC stores. I think weight lifters use it to make milk shakes. She said to add it to pancakes, milk, milkshakes, juice smoothies, pretty much anything you can disguise it in. It promotes muscle growth.

She also suggested I take inventory of all the foods he really likes and always have them available, like giving him pizza for breakfast if he wanted it.

Some of these things did work, but I still found it hard to get him to eat.


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Registered: 03-29-2003
Mon, 06-09-2003 - 1:28am
My son who was recently diagnosed with ADHD (he will be 11 in two weeks) and started on Adderall XR 20 mg a month ago or so has lost 6 pounds as well. For him it was okay. He was a little chunky for his height. He was 94 pounds at 4'6". Now he is 88 pounds at 4'7". He is already starting to look a little slimmer. Only downside is that his husky jeans are starting to fall off. I'll have to go buy him a few pairs of pants. He would be fine even if he lost a few more pounds, but I hope he won't get too thin. I'll keep a close eye on him.

For those of you who medicate your children, do you do it consistently during the summer as well? We have decided to continue giving it to him (although we sometimes miss a day here or there if we get up too late. I don't give it to him after a certain time because then he'll be up all night). He is not happy about being on meds, but I am hoping that he will develop a routine this summer and we won't have any fights in the morning when school starts up again in the fall.

My son cannot swallow pills, so we have to sprinkle the capsule on apple sauce. Can anyone give me advice on how to teach my son to swallow a pill? He's driving me crazy!



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Registered: 03-25-2003
Mon, 06-09-2003 - 10:03am
you can start by trying with a small candy like an orange tic tac or a skittle. My son has been swallowing pills since he was 3.5 just because he hated the taste of them mushed up and he was watching me take my pills one morning and he asked me what I was doing. I told him I had to take medicine just like he does and that I mush up his pills and put them in purple syrup. He asked to see his pills and wanted to see if he could take his like I do, and has never turned back. It came in really handy when he started the slow release ritalin because you can't break them up.