ADHD – TIPS FOR PARENTS  

Parenting a child with ADHD can be dis-stressful…

These survival tips can help you cope, even on the most difficult days.

 ADHD

Another morning, another scene: Your child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) won’t brush his teeth, get dressed, or at breakfast, and the school bus comes in 15 minutes.  Your meeting starts in an hour, and you have a 30-minute commute.

It’s an understatement to say that, at times, life can be a challenge when you have a child with ADHD.  On top of this, parents often blame themselves for their child’s impulsive, aggressive behaviours.

In the stress (it’s really dis-stress) of the moment, it can be easy to overreact, but lashing out at your child or blaming yourself helps no one, says Billi Bittan, PhD, an ADHD coach and therapist in private practice in Tarzana, Calif.   Parents need to take care of themselves first to be able to help a child with ADHD.  “Like the fight attendant says: Put the oxygen mask on yourself first and help your child,” Brittan advises.adhd-and-teens

7 – Survival Tips to Help You Cope:

Here’s how you can help yourself cope, even on the most difficult days:

1.      Learn as much as you can about ADHD:

The more you know about ADHD, the better you can deal with your child’s behavior and help her to succeed in life.  You will feel empowered if you know what to do in various situations, especially when your child acts out.  Resources about on the Internet and in bookstores. Write down your questions and take them to your child’s next doctor or counselor appointment.

2.      Don’t think you have to do it alone:

Seek professional help, especially if you’re feeling depressed and frustrated or exhausted by your parenting responsibilities.  Join a support group for parents of children with ADHD.  Sharing ideas and listening to others have a support group in your area, think about starting one or join one online.

3.      Stay calm:fkids

Remember that even when you’re having difficulty controlling your child’s behavior, you can still
control your own.  Getting frustrated and angry when your child doesn’t listen or is forgetful won’t help.  It will likely only make maters worse.  You’re child’s role model Bittan says, so act the way you would like her to act.

4.      Schedule “me” time:

I-love-ME-150x150You need to pay attention to your health, both physical and mental, to be better able to take care of your child.  You can’t take care of your child if you’re sick, Bittan says.  Take time each day to do a favorite activity, whether that’s reading a book, doing yoga, or talking on the phone.  Eat right, exercise, and manage your stress.  Taking advantage of my individualized HealthTest©  to make sure you’re not nutrient deficient which can certainly affect your emotions, may be the best first step in taking care of YOU!

5.      Focus on the positives:

Make a list of all the things that are positive, valuable, and unique about your son or daughter.  The more you believe that your child can learn and succeed, the more likely it will be to happen.  Think about this list every morning when you wake up, and you will start your day with a smile.

Again, if you’re nutrient deficient you can cope so much better.  I would also suggest that you start to journal – get out all the yuck of each day – make this part of your health program – it was one of the best things I learnt to do and still do it today.

6.      Have realistic expectations:

If you set high expectations that your child won’t be able to achieve, you’re seeing him – and yourself – up for failure.  “You wouldn’t ask a child in a wheelchair to climb the stairs to his room,” says Bittan.  Know your child’s limitations and don’t expect the impossible.  “You can raise the bar,” she explains, “but do it slowly and be sure to celebrate the achievements your child makes along the way together.”

7.      Simplify your life:

As a parent of a child with ADHD, you automatically have a lot on your plate.  Don’t agree to take on more outside duties than you can handle.  If you limit your commitments, you won’t feel as harried and will be better able to concentrate on what’s important for your child.

While parenting a child with ADHD can be dis-stressful, focusing on the positives, seeking support from others, and taking care of yourself can make your job easier and more rewarding.

I believe that the most important thing you can start to do immediately which will make incredible changes is to change your household food plan.  For more information check out my blog yesterday and when you get your own HealthTest© report you personal food program can become applicable to the whole family – how great is this offering?

For all parents who are dealing with ADD and ADHD, first let me tell you how proud I am of you for having to learn how to make your life right for you both Mom and Dad, and maybe even a brother or sister – when you do it together the rewards will be seen by all of you, and the benefits will be the rewards of how you’ve changed – when you see your child living better – which of course benefits everyone.

I hope these last two days have given those who are dealing with these issues some hope and a road for more answers.  This is all and always about –

Planning for Tomorrow’s Good Health – TODAY!

Dr. Rhonda

 

Website:               www.drhenry.com

Email:                   contact@drhenry.com

Office:                   702-269-8120

FAILING KIDS:

fkids3Children with poor behaviour control and reading skills had lower omega-3 levels.

By now, most people know that developing brains and eyes need the long-chain omega-3 fatty acid known as DNA.

The most critical period for DHA’s impact on brain development occurs before birth, when the fetus gets this brainy omega-3 via the umbilical cord.

But a series of clinical studies from Britain’s University of Oxford suggest that young children continue to gain brain benefits from dietary DNA … whether from fish or supplements.

Now, another study from Oxford adds weight to the idea that omega-3s keep helping kids’ brains, well into childhood.

The new study focused on schoolchildren with below-average reading ability, and compared their omega-3 blood levels to standard measures of cognition (reading ability and memory), behaviour, and emotional health.

And the UK team’s results affirm prior indications that omega-3 DHA blood levels can affect cognition and behaviour in schoolchildren.fkids18

Many of the best studies came from Oxford University’s Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention (CEBI), and most of those were led by Alex Richardson, Ph.D. … with psychiatrist Joseph Hibbeln, M.D. of the U.S. NIH playing a key role.

Three years ago, they covered the outcomes of an earlier study conducted by scientists from Oxford’s CEBI.

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UK study affirms the value of omega-3s to younger schoolchildren.
The CEBI researchers examined blood from 493 children aged 7 to 9 years, all of whom had below average reading performance.

They tested the kid’s blood to determine its proportions of the two key omega-3s, DHA and EPA.  (Of the two, DHA is much more important to brain function, while EPA appears to contribute to healthy behaviour control.)

The current medical consensus holds that a minimum percent of the fatty acids in human red blood cells should be omega-3s, in order to enable and promote optimal cardiovascular and heart health.fkids17

This measure is called the “omega-3 index”, and physicians increasingly view 8% as the minimum proportion of omega-3s needed in red blood cells to enable optimal heart, brain, and overall health, with 12% being optimal.

Reading ability, “working” memory capacity, behaviour control (ADHD-type symptoms), and emotional stability were also assessed in the 493 participating children, using standard tests.

fkids19The test results were adjusted to account for the impacts of factors known to affect learning and behaviour, such as household income, gender, consumption of fish and omega-3s, and use of medications for ADHD or other condition.

The UK team compared the children’s omega-3 levels to their learning and behaviour scores, with dismaying results:

   *       Lower DHA levels were linked to poorer reading ability and working memory performance.

   *       Lower DHA levels were linked to higher levels of oppositional behaviour and emotional lability.

*       Omega-3 DHA and EPA levels were only 1.9% and 0.55% of total blood fatty acids, respectively, with DHA showing more individual variation.

As the authors wrote, “In these health UK children with below average reading ability, concentrations of DHA and other Omega-3s were low … and directly related to measures of cognition and behaviour.  These … suggest the benefits from dietary supplementation with omega-3s (previously) found for ADHD, dyspraxis, dyslexia, and related conditions might extend to the general school population.”fkids15

While noted the need for controlled clinical trials to confirm the connection, they’ve already conducted one such study (“Slow-Reading Kids Aided by Omega-3s”), and they urged parents to ensure that kids get enough omega-3s: “… meanwhile, the low blood omega-3 status found across this sample would indicate that an increased dietary intake might be beneficial on general health grounds.”

omega_3The very low omega-3 levels found in the new CEBI study was disturbingly low, given that DHA is critical for normal brain and nervous system development.

In fact, it seems sadly unsurprising that children so sorely lacking in omega-3s would under-perform in school and suffer behavioural and emotional problems.

There is much research available on this subject but I believe all you parents, grandparents, and family friends have an obligation to make sure everyone reads this material.

And when you’re purchasing Omega-3s, make sure that they are organic.  If you’re unsure of how and what to buy, just let me know and I’ll turn you on the natural, bioidentical supplements.

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Hope these articles are helping you all and this is certainly another step in –

Planning for Tomorrow’s Good Health – TODAY!

Dr. Rhonda

 

Website:               www.drhenry.com

Email:                   contact@drhenry.com

Office:                   702-269-8120 

MENTAL ILLNESS AND KIDS:

mental-illnessThe first comprehensive examination of childhood mental health by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that mental illness is increasing in children younger than 18 years.

“A total of 13% to 20% of children living in the United States experience a mental disorder in a given year,” according to CDC investigators, who published the findings May 16 in a supplement of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The most prevalent of parent-reported current diagnoses among children aged 3 to 17 years was attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD at 6.8%.  Depending on the surveillance system used, ADHD prevalence ranged from 7.6% to 8.9% in 2007 to approximately 8.5% in 2010 and 2011.

 ADHD prevalence was highest among white and black non-Hispanic children.

 Behavioral or conduct disorders, at 3.5%, were the next most common parent-reported current diagnosis in children in the same age group, followed by anxiety, at 3%; depression, at 2.1% and autism spectrum disorder (ASD)  at 1.1%.

 The prevalence of behavioral and conduct disorders was twice as high among boys as among girls.physical-or-mental-illness

 Some 0.2% of children between 6 and 17 years of age had a parent-reported current diagnosis of Tourette syndrome.

In contrast to other childhood mental disorders, recent survey findings indicate that the prevalence of substance use disorders among adolescents between 17 and 17 years of age has decreased over time, to 6.9% in 2011, down from 5.9% in 2002.  Illicit drug use was also higher in 2002 than in 2011.

On the basis of self-reported data, 8.3% of adolescents between 12 and 17 years of age reported 14 or more unhealthy days in the past month.  This affected nearly 2 million US adolescents.

Mental boy Finally, suicide was the second leading cause of death among children between 12 and 17 years of age in 2010.

 Estimates also indicate that the prevalence of having seriously considered attempting suicide among students was 15.8% nationwide.  Some 12.8% of students had made a plan about how they would attempt suicide, and 7.8% of students had attempted suicide 1 or more times during the year prior to a 2011 national survey.

“Surveillance is a critical first step in the public health approach to mental health among children,” MMWR authors write.  “As intervention and prevention strategies are implemented, surveillance is needed to continually monitor progress in reducing the impact of mental disorders and improving mental health.”

My personal comments:

It’s amazing when we increase the strength of the immune system by eating whole foods rather than junk – that means feeding our children properly – you will see miraculous changes, that is if you’re really serious.  This ought to be a family affair.

Never eat the following, if you intend to exhibit optimal good health:

1.      Processed foods – such as bacon, sausage, packaged meats, etc.  They contain sodium nitrate and rodents hair – really!  And yes, the USDA is well aware of this situation.

2.      Artificial sweeteners – affect your brain, cancer, diabetes, etc.  This means staying away from all the so-called diet foods and drinks.  Stevia is what I use and there are coconut sugar.  Fructose – affects your liver, diabetes, cancer and others.

3.      Margarine – affects heart, diabetes, cancer and others.  Use only real (organic) butter, and/or what I use is 100% Spanish Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil on anything uncooked. Many are still cooking with olive oil and when it gets too hot, the molecules break down and that’s not good.  I use Organic Coconut Oil.Child-Mental

4.      Statin drugs – which cause cancer.  Know that when cholesterol goes below 200 – it’s inviting cancer and really lowers testosterone levels.

5.      Shell fish – like lobster, shrimp, crab, etc., it’s like you are eating cockroaches.  I guess that’s why if you read your bible you know that in Leviticus, we’re told not to eat these foods and others, and today we know that they have many parasites. Japan has put so much radioactivity into the ocean that everything that comes out of it has health issues. Canned tuna – full of mercury.  The only fish you ought to consume is wild.  Wild organic tuna and other wild fish are fine and important to your overall health needs.

6.      GMO foods – they are poison, without doubt.  The sprays that Monsanto now controls and every farmer (other than organic) have changed the DNA in crops.  These poisons are fed to the animals, the water is poisoned, and it’s a big mess.

If you’re interested in learning more about GMO – take the time to check out my online radio show entitled: “The GMO Disaster Warning” you will learn more than you probably want to know which is the case with all of my shows which are educational, often controversial, but always the truth, as I see it daily.

And let me not warn all parents – ADD and ADHD has become a national epidemic because we’re feeding and allowing our kids to eat poison daily.  So – don’t say you didn’t know this or that.  If you want to know what’s what – keep reading and listening to my shows – they are FREE – and the best gift I share with the world because of my difficult journey.

punished-child7.      Aluminum salts – this and fluoride is found in our all of our crops which affects the brain, lowers IQ in kids and let’s not forget the newest epidemic – Alzheimers’s Disease.

8.      High Fat dairy products – animals are fed corn based products containing genetically modified (GMO), give antibiotics, hormones, etc.  Use only organic dairy products.

9.      Coffee products – a moderate amount is fine, but several each day will have deleterious affects to your system.  Instead use cereal coffee, green tea extract tea (organic).

10.     Alcohol – increased risks of pancreatic cancer, liver, kidney and osteoporosis, etc.  However, in small amounts you should have no issues, unless you’re susceptible (allergies) to the ingredients.

I know I’ve ruined some of your day with this important information, but if you don’t change you’re ways you can’t expect to stay well and when something hits you, don’t think running to the doctor for a drug is the answer.  Did you know that 100,000 people die each year from taking prescription drugs?Mother-Child

So, get smart and start implementing healthy lifestyle living in your homes as soon as today.  Your children are our future and due to the fact that they probably didn’t have a start in life with parents who were no doubt nutrient deficient, then given processed, junk food and water, how would you expect them to have developed a strong immune system?  Not possible – it’s only time when you will become aware of the fact that our children will be dying earlier then their parents and that, to me, is a very sobering thought and reality!

So, as I like to leave you each day we meet – isn’t it time for your to start –

Planning for Tomorrow’s Good Health – TODAY!

Dr. Rhonda

 

Website:                www.drhenry.com

Email:                   contact@drhenry.com

Office:                   702-269-8120