What are some useful home remedies for ADHD treatment?
A growing number of parents are looking for natural solutions to treating various health problems.
There are several things parents can do at home to reduce the symptoms of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in their children.
These home remedies have variable effectiveness compared to herbal remedies or prescription drugs and they may take a longer time before they show a positive benefit.
So patience will be required. However, when used with natural remedies, these home remedies may boost the effectiveness of natural remedies and prescription drugs.
These remedies are worth considering first since they are low cost and easy to implement at home. And if they should work, great! If not, there are other natural remedies available that could be of help.
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What children eat plays an important role in their physical and mental health.
A diet high in fat-free protein (such as chicken) is an effective diet change for children with ADHD.
A diet rich in protein is needed to allow the body to make the needed neurotransmitters such as dopamine and adrenaline.
This will allow the brain to communicate effectively. This may help improve focus and attention.
Experts suggest that a child gets between 24 and 30 grams of protein daily to get this benefit.
Fish Oil / Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Fish oil is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Research studies show that omega 3's can have significant benefits in some children suffering from ADHD.
This article Does Taking Omega 3 Help with ADHD? gives specific details about the benefits of using this natural supplement for supporting brain function in children and adults with ADHD.
This is one of the best recommended home remedies for ADHD and ADD treatment.
Reduce Sugar Intake
Giving your child too much sugar can dampen the brain and affect brain coordination.
Avoid candies and sweets and use unprocessed raw sugar (brown sugar) when possible in baking or cooking. Do not give your child soft drinks as most are loaded with sugar.
Reserve them for special occasions only (like during their birthday party).
Sugar-free soft drinks may not be any better as they contain artificial sweeteners. Some parents find that artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame) may seem to worsen the symptoms.
Consider natural sweeteners such as stevia instead.
Also soft drinks contain significant amounts of phosphates. Phosphates deplete the body of calcium and magnesium.
Low levels of magnesium have been linked to ADHD. This article Using Magnesium for Treating ADHD talks about the research studies behind this finding.
Most parents are aware of the dangers of excessive amounts of sugar in a child's diet.
Reducing sugar intake is the second recommended home remedies for ADHD management.
Allergies and Food Sensitivities
Many children have food sensitivities that can dramatically affect their behaviour.
Avoid foods that seem to cause your child to become hyperactivity. Candies and sweets are commonly known to cause hyperactivity in kids. Instead give them apples, carrots and bananas.
You will need quite a bit of patience to find food sensitivity as you will have to add one food at a time once per week to find out which one is the culprit. When your child becomes hyperactive with a certain food, you will know.
It is possible that even with diligence and patience on your part, you might never find out the foods that he or she might be sensitive to.
Also avoid foods that contain a lot of food coloring. Food dyes such as red, blue and yellow may trigger behaviours that appear as ADHD or hyperactivity symptoms.
Meditation and Quiet Times
Meditation is a good practice to cultivate in any child.
It is a great life-long habit to have. It may be a suitable alternative (or as an addition) to "time-outs" that parents often hand out to kids who are misbehaving.
Meditation is an effective means of quieting down the mind. It also allows a child to focus better.
The calming effect of meditation will help to improve reasoning and thinking skills.
It is known that people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) may show symptoms similar to ADHD.
More exposure to sunlight (or you can use bright lights designed for treating SAD) can be helpful in ruling out this condition.
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Natural remedies for ADHD include fish oil or omega 3 fatty acids (mentioned above), L-carnitine, magnesium, zinc and vitamin B6.
We won't go into details here. The article Useful Natural Remedies for ADHD talks about all these vitamins, minerals and supplements in complete details.
And of course, suggested dosages are included as well.
Herbs for ADHD include ginkgo, chamomile and skullcap plus several others.
They have been suggested by experts in the field of alternative medicine to help treat ADHD in both children and adults.
See our detailed article on Useful Herbal Remedies for ADHD Treatment for the complete list of useful herbs along with expert recommended doses to use.
Some studies have shown that giving some child coffee (which contains caffeine) can help to reduce hyperactivity and increase focus.
Clinical studies have show that coffee works to increase focus and productivity in adults.
However, keep in mind that in some children, giving them coffee may have the opposite effect so caution is advised.
Before trying this, read the complete article Managing ADHD Symptoms with Coffee.
In addition to coffee, tea, which also contains caffeine can be a suitable alternative to coffee.
See Using Tea for Reducing ADHD Symptoms for a discussion on this.