What’s scarier than ghosts, goblins, mummies, and zombies groaning at your door all at once? How about a child with ADHD who’s hopped up on Halloween candy?
Our friends at ADDitude magazine featured an article called “Why Sugar is Kryptonite for ADHD Brains.” We like that wording because we know that many parents, pediatricians, and kids themselves talk about their ADHD “superpowers”– that ability to give special energy to tasks they’re interested in, speak passionately about a subject, or make people laugh. However, a sugar rush and sugar crash can destroy the sense of calm and focused attention that families and physicians work on year-round to establish. If Mary Poppins told us that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down in a most delightful way, for ADHD kids it may be that sugar seems to undo the benefits of medicine and other parts of an ADHD management plan.
This Halloween, you might want your kids to take care of their homework before getting them dressed-up to go trick-or-treating. It’s also a good idea to stick with a set amount of candy that they can eat when they get home from making rounds about the neighborhood. And on less spooky days, make sure your kids get regular sleep and exercise.
Of course, nutrition in ADHD isn’t just about what you keep out of your child’s body–it’s about what you put in, too. Research shows that there is a connection between low levels of lipids, or healthy fats, and several ADHD behaviors. Vayarin® is a specially formulated medical food that is designed to deliver lipids to the brain for the management of ADHD.
Vayarin® (for children) and Vayarin® Plus (for adults and adolescents) contain EPA-enriched PS-Omega-3 that is specially formulated with nutritional ingredients that are naturally sourced and have virtually no difference in side effects when compared to placebo. Although individual results may vary, give Vayarin® 30-90 days and Vayarin® Plus 30-60 days for the healthy lipids to reach optimal levels. Once they have reached their optimal level both products provide 24/7 coverage, unlike many stimulants which can wear off after each dose.
Talk to your child’s healthcare provider about where Vayarin® might fit and have a Happy Halloween!