Friday, April 29, 2011

Adjust your child's lifestyle if he or she has ADHD

Many people do not understand that ADHD children have special needs and that it is important to adjust your child's lifestyle if he or she has ADHD. If you are in this situation you will probably do just about anything to curb some of his or her behaviour that is not aligned with the family's values. Raising a child with this condition can be heart breaking as many of the child's impulses are going to leave you very heartsore at best. You will know what I am talking about if you are a parent of such a child.

Adjusting the diet is one area where you can get to work right away. Eating healthily and getting a lot of exercise are two areas that you can work on to help improve the situation. Exercising helps to reduce the negative symptoms of ADHD. Please do keep in mind that these children have many incredible qualities and gifts and are therefore very special in every sense of the word.

By engaging your child in a physical exercise regime, you are going to help her by boosting the serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine levels. All of these SRI's are responsible for controlling focus and attention. Exercise is a much safer and better way to control the SRI's than ritalin is. Ritalin has some terrible long term side effects that you do not want your child to endure.

Your child's mood will be elevated significantly, depression will be reduced, motivation becomes better and stress levels reduce significantly. You will notice that the impulsiveness and hyperactivity will diminish drastically as well. All of these positive changes will help your child to sleep much better. Sleeping well at night is also very good for children who experience ADHD.

Walking 3-4 times per week for 30 minutes will be a great start. Adding any other kind of formal exercise will only improve matters even further. In time you should strive for your child to exercise every day for optimum benefit.

As all children and especially children with ADHD get bored quickly, it is important to find some form of exercise that will be fun for your child. Skateboarding, dancing, karate, judo or gymnastics are the kinds of exercise that should keep your child enthusiastic for a while. Team sports work well as the social element is also very beneficial for these children.

Take your child out to experience nature as it has been proven that this helps to reduce the symptoms of ADHD in both children and adults alike. Trail running and hiking are both an incredible way of getting fit and improving brain function.

Diet helps to improve the mood and energy levels. Many children who experience ADHD do not eat regularly nor do they eat correctly. When they are hungry they will rush in and raid the fridge and gorge on anything that is nearby. For this reason it is important to try and keep only healthy foods and snacks in the house. Regular mealtimes with healthy food are critical if you want sanity to prevail in your home.

Foods that contain omega -3 fatty acids are ideal for ADHD people. You should try to take supplements that have a ratio of 3:1 EPA to DHA. Regular meals with snacks that are spaced three hours apart are also very handy. Give your child a multivitamin tablet that contains magnesium, iron and zinc and also give them foods that contain these minerals. Each meal should contain some protein and complex carbohydrates. This combination will help to keep your child more alert and reduce the hyperactivity.

Getting back to the omega 3's, you can find these in milk products, tuna, salmon and certian fortified eggs. Adding fish oil supplements to this regime will do wonders for your child and the general karma in the house. Sleep is very important and you should ensure that your child gets a good night's rest every night. If he or she is grumpy and sluggish in the mornings then you can take this as sign that he or she is not sleeping well at night. Get your child to bed at the same time every night and avoid caffeine in any form later on in the day. You should not let your child take any daytime naps as this will disrupt the sleep at night.

In conclusion, it is easy to see that making a few subtle changes can do wonders. Stick to your guns and you will see results. Above all, no matter what your child’s behavior is like as a result of the ADHD, remember he or she did not ask to be born, you asked for the child to be born. Give your child all the love that you can coupled with these lifestyle changes.

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