If you or someone you know has a child with ADHD then you know how drastically it can impact on their life, and indeed the whole family. As if it’s not hard enough for the child to concentrate, pay attention, control excited outbursts and do their homework, children with ADHD are not always fully understood by their peers and teachers, or treated with the respect and sensitivity they deserve.
The not-so-effective traditional approach to ADHD
It can be difficult being the parent of a child with ADHD – perhaps your other children row excessively with him or her, and find it difficult to accept that their ‘naughty’ sibling often gets off the hook. Yet treating your child with behavioural problems exactly the same as your other offspring is not necessarily the fairest approach either. This is one example of a number of problems that ADHD can have on a family:
- Poor grades at school
- Problems building relationships with other children
- Temper tantrums and aggressive behaviour
- Relationship problems between parents (often resulting from each parent having a different approach to dealing and interacting with their child)
Many parents consider pharmaceutical medication recommended by their child’s doctor when other approaches such as parent education programmes and behavioural techniques have not demonstrated significant improvements. Understandably many people are reluctant to put their child on Ritalin (the brand name for methylphenidate), largely due to serious questions about its impact on the developing brain and its serious side effects, particularly in younger children.
What’s more, The Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD in the USA has been monitoring the treatment of 600 children across the US since the 1990s, and has found that drugs such as Ritalin and Concerta work no better than behaviour therapy after three years of treatment. Alarmingly, the researchers in this study also found that the children on drugs weren’t growing as much as other children in terms of both height and weight. All in all that’s a lot of unnecessary chemicals and risk involved for very little gain in the long run.
What is possible?
Usually parents resort to giving their child Ritalin or Concerta when they see no real alternative to help their child and deal with their behaviour. Perhaps a marriage is starting to show strain and the potential to relieve some of the immediate problems with their child is a welcome break. These reasons are certainly not uncommon.
Naturally, parents want the best for their offspring; to see them doing well at school, with lots of healthy friendships and a general enthusiasm for life. We all want to see our children happy, and for life to be easier for them. Well this is all possible, without drugs.
What many people don’t know is that children’s learning disorders (not just ADHD) can be influenced a great deal by the diet – and we don’t simply mean those artificial e-numbers. Brain chemistry is, to a good extent, influenced by what we. Food can control mood, attention, behaviour… a whole host of characteristics which are present in ADHD.
Our aim in producing natural omega-3 supplements is to offer people effective and science-based alternatives to prescription medication. What’s more, you can be content in knowing that medical professionals and leading psychiatrists recommend Vegepa, since its ingredients are backed by substantial research showing that omega-3 EPA balances brain chemistry and improves children’s attention, learning and mood.
Vegepa was the first omega-3 supplement to be used in a study which examined aspects of children’s behaviour and learning using MRI brain scanning technology, which revealed astonishing results, including remarkable improvements in reading age, handwriting, problem solving, and the children felt better too.
Many children’s learning problems are strongly linked with levels of omega-3 in the diet, and there are very few cases where manipulating the diet slightly won’t help improve at least some of your child’s more serious symptoms.
What you can do to improve your child’s diet and omega-3 intake
Persuading a child to eat healthily can be a challenge that even the most determined parents struggle with. Still, if your child enjoys eating fish then cooking salmon, mackerel and anchovies at mealtimes is a great way to boost their omega-3 intake. Eating too much can be detrimental, however, and the FSA recommends two portions weekly to be within safe limits.
If your child is like the majority of other children and turns their nose up at the sight of fish, you still have the chance to manage their symptoms naturally, without resorting to prescription medication. A course of Vegepa provides super strength omega-3 EPA, the important brain-boosting nutrient, which has been shown to ease symptoms of ADHD.
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