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Treat your child's ADHD the natural way: Top tips from our Clinical Psychologist

Published on 2/9/2019
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Finding out that your child has been diagnosed with ADHD can be very stressful for parents. Naturally, you want to do what's best for your child, and when your doctor prescribes medication to help treat your child's ADHD, many parents don't question this, or look further into the safety and side effects of these drugs!

Common drugs that are prescribed to treat ADHD include Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and Focalin, just to name a few. These drugs are categorised as stimulants - amphetamine or methylphenidate - and an increasing number of people are shying away from them these days! Evidence to suggest that these stimulants come with an array of side effects are pushing many parents to treat their child's ADHD naturally, and stay away from prescribed medication. Side effects of ADHD drugs include anxiety, agitation, irritability, moodiness, insomnia, decreased appetite, weight fluctuations, stomach aches, headaches and tics.

The good news is, that there are various natural remedies and lifestyle changes that you can apply to your child's life that can help manage your child's ADHD in a healthy, safe way!

Our Clinical Psychologist, Michele Carelse, (through her years of experience helping children and their parents cope better with ADD/ADHD) has laid out six simple tips below, that can help treat your child's ADHD naturally! According to Michele, psychiatric medication for ADHD and ADD has its place but should always be the last resort after all other treatment options and avenues have been thoroughly explored.

Nutritional Diet

Did you know that diet can play a very important role in improving concentration and reducing hyperactivity in ADHD children? While there's no evidence that suggests ADHD is caused by a bad diet, many studies have found that nutrition can help children with ADHD do better in school!

Treat your child's ADHD naturally by including the following elements into their daily diet:
It is also important to realise that certain foods or food aditives can increase hyperactivity in some children. The worst culprits are:
  • Foods, snacks and drinks with a high sugar content
  • Foods, snacks and drinks with added colourants (especially Tartrazine) and artificial flavouring
  • Foods, snacks and drinks with preservatives

Natural remedies

Conventional treatment of hyperactivity and ADHD usually involves prescribed psycho-stimulating drugs (like Ritalin and Concerta). Although these drugs can be effective in the short term, most of the drugs prescribed for hyperactivity and ADHD are addictive and may come with unwanted side effects. This means that they should be a last resort, after other interventions have failed, rather than the first thing recommended by a doctor!

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