Sunday, May 27, 2012

Hyperactive Son

(Edited 5-7-2013: We now know that diet DRAMATICALLY effects Nelsons' attitude. I recommend food allergy testing, but more than that, KEEP A FOOD DIARY and watch for patterns. Write all food, drinks, condiments, everything.)

I have an eight year old son who is by far the most active (hyperactive) among my brood. He is always moving. He seems to have a built in re-chargeable generator which produces more and more energy.

One time a friend told me that when her boy gets a bit too active during school that she sends him out to run a few laps around the house. Well, I tried that. It does not work. He came in more energetic than he was when he left! It would take hours of running around the house to wear out my boy! 

Another line of thought says to discipline the child more. Nope. That does not work. The Bible tells me not to exasperate my children (Eph. 6:4), and disciplining an eight year old bundle of energy might have that effect! (With Nelson it sure does!) Just learning to sit still can be discipline enough for a high energy child.

I was fairly certain that it was our diet that was causing Nelson's hyperactivity.

BUT, now we have cut out all refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup, and fast food, and the boy is still a walking power generator. Yes, all of this energy would be great if I could steer it somehow. But, generally he cannot sit still more than a few minutes at a time. And, yes, I would like to get him some outdoor chores to keep him occupied. But, that still does not help him sit down long enough to read a book or do his math.

So, what next? I am thinking that there might be a food allergy? Food allergies certainly do weird things to a person's body!

Or, is there some natural supplement to calm a boy down? I have read that more omega 3s can help.

I especially want to hear from moms/dads of "hyperactive" children. Please tell me what has/has not worked for you. I would prefer comments from people who have been there. It is all too easy to say that "there is no such things as ADHD" when you don't have any children at all. (I think I used to be one of those know-it-alls... oops).

(Added 5-7-2013: Nelson's allergy testing showed sensitivities to wheat, eggs, and peanuts. When we cut out wheat and other grains he is a new boy. Eggs do not seem to affect his mood, but they might correlate to his eczema.)


Bean said...

I would suggest having him evaluated to determine exactly what is going on. An evaluation does not mean he automatically is put on medication but it should give some insight and perhaps some suggestions to help. My friends son was evaluated, it was not a quick process, but it certainly helped out once they knew exactly what was going on and what needed to be done.
I would be extremely hesitant to self diagnose and treat, because he many not be adhd, something else may be going on.

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