January 12, 2010

Our Instant Breakfast with ADHD

My oldest child doesn’t eat too much of anything during the school week because of Focalin XR, a stimulant he takes that is used to help with his ADHD. It completely takes away his appetite. However, with it he has done wonderfully in school, had a decrease in tantrums and we can even have family outings again without being the center of attention. Without this medication he behaved similar to a previously caged zoo animal--an adorable loving zoo animal might I add. Anyhoo, we had been serving him a large breakfast before his daily medication. Or even by having plenty of healthy (sometimes unhealthy) snacks around for him.

Honestly, I don’t always have the time to make a nice calorie rich and protein packed breakfast every morning. We started using Carnation Instant Breakfast and he loves it! Not only in the mornings but anytime he's up for "chocolate milk". It’s much more economical than Boost or Ensure. I even give it to my toddler who is a picky eater. It’s full of vitamins, proteins, and carbs and contains 130 calories. I think it's a wonderful product.

Today, we are trying out a new medication called Intuniv. 1mg for 7 days and then it increases from there. From my understanding it does the same thing as his Clonidine except in an extended release form. I’m hoping it controls his hyperactivity so can become focused enough to remove him from a stimulant all together--without making him drowsy!

Is that so much to ask? Apparently, it is. Ask any parent of a child faced with ADD/ADHD and you will find out it take lots and lots and lots of time, money and prayer to get the right combination unique to your child.

Let’s get this party started, shall we?