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Hi,

My 9 year old son was diagnosed ADHD at age 5. It has gotten progressively worse and the dosage of the meds has gotten higher. Without his meds, he can't even stay focused long enough to tie his shoes :(

He was diagnosed last fall with Celiac. He has been on a very strict diet since October, with only 3 "slip ups" during that time, when he couldn't resist candy. One of the things I was hoping was that maybe he could get off the amphetamine drugs once he went gluten free. I have not noticed any difference in his ADHD since going gluten free.

So, were any of your celiac children with ADHD able to go off their meds, or at least cut the dose after going gluten free?

Thanks a bunch

Janie

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Hi,

Have you had him tested for a sleep disorders? I had an ADHD student who was getting tested for that.

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No, no sleep disorder tests. Never even thought to do that. He doesn't have any sleep issues at all.

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Hi-

My son has also has ADHD. He was gluten free prior to medication. Although the gluten free diet helped a small amount, it didn't help very much, I think he just felt better. He's now been gluten free and on medication about 2 years. He also takes medication to help him sleep, due to a suspected sleep disorder, so it's not a bad idea to at least talk to your child's doctor about that. We did recently need to change medications, because he was doing worse on the old medicine. Now he's like a different child. I was so resistant to the idea of medication for so long, but now that we've found the correct medicine for him, he's still himself, but as odd as it sounds, even more himself. It's not the ADHD getting in the way. His conference we had last week was amazing, it's made such a difference in his life. People who don't know of this change keep commenting on the changes in him lately. I can see why you would want your son off medication, but it may not be related to the celiac at all and perhaps he's not on the right medication for him yet. It's worth finding the right one, and the right doctor to help. So, I guess my answer is that the gluten free diet did not change my child's need for medication.

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Thank you. We have changed meds and dosages several times. He's now taking Ritalin SR 40 mg in the am and a boost of regular Ritalin 10mg in the afternoon to get him through homework. He's actually doing beautifully on this combo. I just still really hate the idea of giving him drugs every day. I have some friends who have kids with Autism. They kept telling me that the need for meds would go away with the diet. I think they are full of beans now, LOL.

Both of my boys have ADHD, and a really bad case. The good news is that the meds work for them. I guess I just need to resign myself to the fact that they will probably be on it for a long time.

The diet has eliminated all of their tummy aches, vomiting and headaches, so in the grand scheme of things, we're all good. Thanks for your comments:)

janie

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Thank you. We have changed meds and dosages several times. He's now taking Ritalin SR 40 mg in the am and a boost of regular Ritalin 10mg in the afternoon to get him through homework. He's actually doing beautifully on this combo. I just still really hate the idea of giving him drugs every day. I have some friends who have kids with Autism. They kept telling me that the need for meds would go away with the diet. I think they are full of beans now, LOL.

Both of my boys have ADHD, and a really bad case. The good news is that the meds work for them. I guess I just need to resign myself to the fact that they will probably be on it for a long time.

The diet has eliminated all of their tummy aches, vomiting and headaches, so in the grand scheme of things, we're all good. Thanks for your comments:)

janie

ADHD can often also be helped by avoiding certain chemicals (preservatives, food colorings, food additives). There also is often a problem with dairy. I've known of a few people who tried adding omegas and enzymes to the mix with really good results...including getting off the medications. For more info, you can check out this link and the subsequent supporting links. http://www.enzymestuff.com/conditionadhd.htm

Glad to hear that things are getting better already!

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