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Can I Reverse ADHD in 5 year old child?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 11, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Just wondering when does the human brain stops developing?? I was told by a psychologist that its 21 and that's why the legal age for alcohol in the US is 21?? If this is true, is it then too late to change ADHD if over the age of 21?? Is it possible to reverse ADHD in a 5 year old child that was born premature (32 weeks gestation)? I'm currently following GAPS diet, and give him cod liver oil, multivitamins and probiotics daily, just want to do everything in my power to help him overcome ADHD diagnosis.

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on October 14, 2012
at 04:07 PM

Wrong. There IS a diet that can "cure" ADHD.

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on October 11, 2012
at 02:46 PM

Hey, it's our job to beat ourselves up, right? Very encouraging to hear that your son has more focus at 20; I am keeping my fingers crossed.

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on October 11, 2012
at 02:30 PM

Hindsight is being 20/20 doesn't always ring true. As moms we beat ourselves up over what else we could have done, but we did the best we possibly could with the knowledge we had. I do regret listening to the very rude psychiatrist that only threw meds at him, but can't change the fact that I did. Your son is loved and you are helping him. Go Mom!

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on October 11, 2012
at 02:24 PM

You can only park your rental car inside your hotel room when you're 25....

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on October 11, 2012
at 02:03 PM

Sorry, I'm with MathGirl on this one. Not all kids with ADHD will improve their impulse control.

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on October 11, 2012
at 02:01 PM

"As he gets older he will learn to control his impulses on his own as well." SOME will; others do not.

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on October 11, 2012
at 01:49 PM

Hotel room? Seriously? Rent a car at 25, yes. Rent a hotel room at 18.

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on October 11, 2012
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The answer is 25 yrs old....assuming normal epigenetics. This is why one cant rent a car or hotel room before this age. This is when the orbitofrontal lobes fully myelinate if you are eating a myelinating diet. Most dont so neurologic maturity can stretch further for some. Kids with ADHD are some of those kids. YOu need to read my Brain gut series. Especially 5 and 6. This is critical for neurodegenerative conditions.

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on October 11, 2012
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Yay for teenage Down's Syndrome kids! (My son is 18 and possibly the nicest and happiest human being that I have ever met).

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Don't know if it's possible to reverse. I'm sure that there is plenty you can do to improve it. The best thing that you can do is accept it. There are much worse things in the world than ADHD. I understand that you absolutely want to do the best for your child, but sometimes just celebrating who they are is the most important thing (speaking as a parent of two "disabled" kids).

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366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on October 11, 2012
at 02:26 PM

There is little doubt that nutrition will help, as will addressing any sleep problems -- my son is now 14, and if I knew then what I know now, I would have paid far more attention to sleep issues. That said, we tried a number of special diets (Feingold, etc) and supplements, plus behavioral therapy and (expensive!) auditory feedback therapy, and none of them made any difference for him. Right now, he takes magnesium (huge help for sleep) and the combined butter oil/cod liver oil caps from Green Pastures (huge help for immunity & skin & other things).

Like MathGirl, I fought against meds, but after years of watching my very bright son struggle in school academically and socially, I gave up. Ritalin turned out to be a miracle for us, and in hindsight I wish I'd started much earlier since it made him a much happier kid. I think much depends on how your child feels on the meds (they don't work for everybody) and on how much you want your child to "integrate" into society and how much of a struggle it is for him to do that without meds -> for my son, it was really not possible. I sometimes think that if I was a better mom, I would have home schooled my son & not worried about what he couldn't do and focus on what he could do. But I'm not that mom, and I'm still not sure what would best prepare him to be an independent adult.

I am told my son's brain will continue to develop, and that it's possible that he will "grow out" of some of his issues. We'll see.

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on October 11, 2012
at 02:46 PM

Hey, it's our job to beat ourselves up, right? Very encouraging to hear that your son has more focus at 20; I am keeping my fingers crossed.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on October 11, 2012
at 02:30 PM

Hindsight is being 20/20 doesn't always ring true. As moms we beat ourselves up over what else we could have done, but we did the best we possibly could with the knowledge we had. I do regret listening to the very rude psychiatrist that only threw meds at him, but can't change the fact that I did. Your son is loved and you are helping him. Go Mom!

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on October 11, 2012
at 02:04 PM

Some with ADHD react to certain triggers in foods. Natural is definitely the way to go, in my opinion, as certain food dyes can exacerbate the problem. Unfortunately, not everyone with ADHD reacts to food dyes and additives, my son was one.

SOME people will outgrow the majority of issues with ADHD. My son is now 20 and has far more focus than he did in his teens. I'm not sure if it is simply the process of growing up, if he is now more aware of the fact that he is required to pay closer attention to details, a combination of both, or neither.

I fought against medicating him for a long time, choosing instead to use natural remedies, e.g. eliminating all red and yellow food dyes and having him take grape seed extract. The grape seed extract helped, but not enough. Eliminating food dyes did nothing. He wound up on Adderall, then Concerta, but they killed his appetite and often made him vomit. If you are able to help the child naturally, I encourage you to do so.

I'm not a doctor, just a mom that dealt with, and sometimes still deals with, the ugly side of ADHD and feeling helpless. The frustrations can be many, but you will survive!

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on October 11, 2012
at 01:00 PM

There is no diet, pill, or supplement that can or will ever cure ADHD. Under the direction of a competent behavioral psychologist or even better a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, you can learn how to live with the AD. and the H.

As he gets older he will learn to control his impulses on his own as well.

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on October 11, 2012
at 02:03 PM

Sorry, I'm with MathGirl on this one. Not all kids with ADHD will improve their impulse control.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on October 11, 2012
at 02:01 PM

"As he gets older he will learn to control his impulses on his own as well." SOME will; others do not.

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on October 14, 2012
at 04:07 PM

Wrong. There IS a diet that can "cure" ADHD.

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on October 11, 2012
at 12:56 PM

Agree with borofergie. You many not be able to reverse it, but you can probably improve it. Emily Deans wrote an interesting blog post about diet, supplements and adhd. Check it out here:

http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com/2012/01/diet-and-adhd-literature-review.html

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on October 11, 2012
at 11:06 AM

There's a programme on British TV called Food Hospital. It helped a person improve his ADHD. Here's the clip http://foodhospital.channel4.com/episodes/series-2/episode-two/. It's not paleo, but you might get some ideas.

Good luck

David McC (Dad to a teenager with Down's Syndrome)

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on October 11, 2012
at 12:59 PM

Yay for teenage Down's Syndrome kids! (My son is 18 and possibly the nicest and happiest human being that I have ever met).

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on October 12, 2012
at 02:42 PM

This may sound crazy, but ADHD is very Paleo. There are many experts that believe the "race car brain" of those with ADHD was a necessary brain wiring in primitive times. They were able to constantly shift their focus & scan their environment for signs of danger, as well as signs of food. This is a hunter/warrior brain wiring found mostly in males. Unfortunately, in modern society, those of us that have a race car brain need to learn to control this gift. I am old enough that there was no ADHD label when I was young & as I grew older I naturally learned coping mechanisms for situations where I needed to sit still and pay attention. When I was in law school, if I sat and watched the professor, my mind would drift, but if I doodled in my notebook (appearing to be taking notes) I could easily pick up everything in the lecture. As a prosecutor, my gift of ADHD has helped me greatly in the courtroom where I having to constantly shift my attention to ensure that court runs smoothly. My wife (an accountant & therefore a farmer wired brain) sat in court one time & said that she didn't know how I could handle the chaos. I love it & excell in such an environment.

My son was diagnosed with ADHD at 7 & I resisted medication for a couple years but eventually relented. They wanted to give him 2 doses a day. One in the morning for school, and one in the afternoon to help get his homework done. I agreed to the morning dose but not the afternoon. I reasoned that if he was always medicated, he would never learn to control his brain on his own as I did, and as all children must as they mature. This decision caused many long nights where I had to sit with him and refocus his attention on his work. I also refused to increase dosage as is typical for a growing child. By the time he was in middle school, he was still on the original dose & doing so well that I began pouring out half of the medicine & giving half of what he was taking in 2nd grade. Now, in 8th grade, I don't sit with him for home work or studying for tests & he regularly makes the AB honor roll. I know every child is different, but a diagnosis of ADHD is not the end of the world. I wish you the best as you go through this learning process.

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on October 11, 2012
at 01:25 PM

Omega 3, magnesium and zinc are known for damping the symptoms of ADHD. The found effects are quite big. Multivitamin pills mostly miss a proper form of magnesium.

Combined supplements (omega 3 and mineral) http://www.lipidworld.com/content/9/1/105 (sponsored by supplement maker) http://omega-3health.com.au/upload/pdf/effect%20of%20supplementation%20with%20polyunsaturated%20fatty%20acids.pdf

Omega 3: http://www.physiol.ox.ac.uk/~jfs/pdf/ajradhd.pdf

There are a lot more if you wish, scholar.google.com is your friend.

The used doses in the studies that give a significant effect are low, like 400 mg of omega 3 or 100 mg of magnesium. I would opt for doses as high as 2-4x RDA and skip the omega-6. I am told you should never take a single vitamin or mineral supplement without a multivitamin, so I would add a good multivitamin as well (I don't know which one you are using, I prefer opti-men price and dose wise, adjust dose for the kid). Adequate magnesium supplementation can be a problem though transdermal application with saturated dead-sea water (you can make it yourself cheap) is a good solution for that as well. Good luck and I am interested in your results with paleo / the suggested approach.

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