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More about Yesterday’s Webinar…

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Laura photo #17If you weren’t able to join us yesterday for the Webinar by ADDitude Magazine you can still go to their website and click on the webinar to hear my presentation and see all my slides.

A couple of things I wanted to add.  If your child is sensitive to milk or doesn’t like milk products, then he/she will need a calcium supplement every day.  Some (but not all) of the milk replacement products like rice, coconut, soy, and almond milks have calcium added–about 300 mgs per cup.  You’ll find a table of RDAs for different age groups below.  If your child is age 8 and drinking 2 glasses of fortified soy milk each day he will be getting about 600 mgs.  So you will want to add a supplement of 400 mgs to make the 1000 mgs total for the day.  I like to use calcium citrate powder.  It has no taste and dissolves well in juice or water.  Calcium has a calming effect on some children while building strong bones and teeth! Some of the milk substitutes also contain vitamin D but the amounts are not great–100 to 120 mgs per cup.

Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Calcium [1]
Age Male Female Pregnant Lactating
0–6 months* 200 mg 200 mg
7–12 months* 260 mg 260 mg
1–3 years 700 mg 700 mg
4–8 years 1,000 mg 1,000 mg
9–13 years 1,300 mg 1,300 mg
14–18 years 1,300 mg 1,300 mg 1,300 mg 1,300 mg

To Those Who Attended My Webinar

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I really enjoyed doing the webinar and hope I helped some children and parents.  Remember, just a step at a time.  Don’t be overwhelmed!  Rome wasn’t built in a day so helping your child may take some time!  Hang in there!

I went online to look up a couple of things so I thought I’d share them.

The first is Mealtime Hostage.  It’s at www.mealtimehostage.com.  I think you’ll find it really interesting if you have a picky eater.

The second is about Muscle Milk.  The bottle says this: “Contains no milk/includes milk protein.”  I have no idea what that means!  Does it or does it not contain cows’ milk?  I couldn’t seem to access the ingredients label.  Perhaps, someone who uses it could tell us.

The third is about Child Life Beverage.  It’s a liquid containing magnesium and calcium.  One tablespoon (l serving) contains:

100 IU vitamin D

Calcium 252 mg

Magnesium 115 mg

Zinc 2 mg

That’s not a lot of vitamin D.  Calcium is okay.  Magnesium is low but if you give it a couple times a day it would be enough.  The 2 mg of zinc is probably not enough to correct a zinc deficiency.

If you have any questions, please let me know!

 

Your ADHD Child Needs Vitamin D for More than His Bones!

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sunlightDid you know that vitamin D may play an important role in ADHD?  Several studies have reported that serum vitamin D levels are lower in ADHD children than normal control children.  The latest study is from Iran!  Yes, you may be surprised that Iran does some good medical research!  The researchers suggested, “a need for regularly monitoring of serum vitamin D levels and treatment of patients with vitamin D deficiencies.”

How does low vitamin D relate to ADHD?  One reason is that vitamin D helps regulate 200 target genes many of them affecting the brain!

We get our vitamin D from sunlight, food, and supplements. Many children are glued to their TV and other video screens and no longer spend time outside. (We make vitamin D from sunshine shining on our skin.)  If they do go outside, they often wear sunscreen or clothes that cover their arms and legs because of well-founded fears of skin cancer.  The trick is to spend a short time (20 or fewer minutes depending on skin darkness) before applying sunscreen. You don’t want to cause a sunburn.

vitamin DOr your child can take vitamin D supplements.

Ask your doctor to measure your child’s vitamin D level–the 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations.  If low, your child will need more sunlight or vitamin D capsules.  Then his blood should be retested in a few months.

For much more helpful information about vitamin D please see my new book, Solving the Puzzle of Your ADD/ADHD Child: Natural Solutions for Hard-to-Raise Children.  You will find the Vitamin D section in Chapter 16 Vitamins and Antioxidants, pp.138-142.

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