Alternative Natural Treatments for ADD and ADHD

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If your child is having trouble at school and you are resisting going with the herd and putting him straight on a psycho-stimulant drug then you should know that there are many other options other than the quick fix trip to the neurologist. Alternative treatments of ADD or ADHD do not work immediately and take a while to kick in; alternative treatments to ADHA and ADD are less socially acceptable, and you may be asked a million times why you don't take the easy route and just get the pills; sometimes it involves more effort to give your child an alternative treatment for ADHD or ADD; the results are not guaranteed and different alternative treatments for ADHA and ADD work for different kids. As children get older you are also faced with the challenge of getting them to take the treatment.

Never lose focus of the fact that kids are kids, and they do have lots of energy and it is normal, it only becomes a problem when it interferes with your child's ability to function especially in the school environment. Unfortunately these days the school system likes to pigeon hole kids into types, as this makes it easier to deal with them, some parents get told that their child has a problem of moving around too much; not moving enough; talking too much in class; not talking enough in class; being shy; being too outgoing; being too rough; being too gentle, there is always a label or several for every human being. I have personally had the experience of being called into the school to be told that my child talks too much in class, and the next semester being summoned to the principal's office again this time to be told that they are worried about him because he is too quiet!

When trying alternative treatments for ADHD or ADD you can usually try several methods at the same time as being natural most of the alternative treatments to ADHD and ADD do not affect each other. Always ask a professional before embarking on any treatment and check if you can use it in conjunction with other methods. Though there is an endless list of alternative ways to help a child with ADHD or ADD here are a few which I recommend.

Rule out Physical ProblemsStart by ruling out a physical limitation which may be causing your child not to concentrate in class. Get blood tests, and check for vitamin or mineral deficiencies. Get your child checked for allergies, as sometimes the symptoms of a food allergy can look like ADD or ADHD. Get your child an eye and ear test, so that at least you know that he can see the classroom board and hear the teacher.

Therapeutic Horseback RidingTherapeutic horseback riding teaches kids many skills that they take with them into the classroom. Learning to control the horse gives the child a positive experience in realizing that they can be in control of a situation, and horse riding requires focus and concentration. Kids gain the amazing feeling of mastering a new skill. Kids learn to follow sequences and to concentrate on the act of riding. You can also introduce your child to horseback riding without making it a "treatment" in this way they will be more willing to participate.

Omega3 The major drawback with getting kids with ADD or ADHD to take Omega3 capsules is that they taste terrible, however with some trial and error you can find Omega3 in small capsules, chewable or suckable sweets and liquid syrups where the taste has been disguised. Get your child to take these capsules under the guise of taking vitamins and being healthy. With all of the measures you take to improve his ADD or ADHD emphasis the health gains instead of the problem you are trying to solve. Adding Omega3 supplements to your child's diet compensates for the poor diet we tend to eat these days.

Vitamin B12

Along with troubles at school often comes a lot of negative emotions, and vitamin B12 is known to help improve a person's mood. Vitamin B12 can help your child to feel a more positive about the situation. A deficiency of B12 is known to cause tiredness and depression. B12 helps in the rejuvenation of neutrons in the brain and plays a key role in the protective sheath which surrounds the neutrons.

ADD and ADHD's connection to Food To improve your child's ADD or ADHD start the day with a healthy breakfast. Clear out the kitchen cupboards of junk such as candy, chocolates, sugary drinks and cakes. Make sure there are always fruits and vegetables on hand to snack on.

ExerciseIf your child is not already involved in a sport then try to encourage him to get out and exercise. This could take the form of a group sport or just a walk around the block. Physical activity is part of a healthy way of life for anyone and mentally sports and outdoor activities release Endorphins in the brain which improves blood flow and brain activity both of which have been associated with ADD and ADHD.

Private TeachersWhile dealing with behavior you can't ignore the fact that school work needs to be maintained. Whether ADD or ADHD behavior affects learning or whether learning difficulties cause the ADD and ADHD behavior is a matter for debate, but in any case ease the load for your child by providing him/her with all the academic support you can afford. If you can't afford private teachers then make the time to sit with him every evening and go over what was done in class that day.

Consider also homeopathy, art therapy, music therapy, chiropractic realignment, raw honey, seaweed tablets and Bach flower essence, ask around, check out other options on the net and remember you are under no legal obligation to give your child ADD or ADHD drugs.

To treat ADHD or ADD you will need patience, love, time and energy. Try to remain calm and remember this is not the end of the world, life goes on after your child has completed school. It is a fine line between getting your child to understand the importance of education and simultaneously letting them know that if they don't succeed at school they are still a valuable person.


James R. Coffey
Posted on Nov 25, 2010
Ron Siojo
Posted on Nov 24, 2010