It has been 4 months since my last update. I'll admit, I was stalling a bit on writing this post. As you may remember, after taking our son off of his medication and removing gluten from his diet, he improved drastically. He was a new kid. Well, he wasn't new. He was back to his old self.
During the past 4 months we have maintained a gluten-free diet while also being very clear and consistent about the behaviors that are expected of him both at school and at home. We have seen a major change in his mood. He is happier. He is willing and eager to try new things. We recently enrolled him in Tae kwon do and he is thriving! He looks forward to his classes and it is really exciting to see him care about something!
In the classroom, he has been struggling. Notes from the teacher started to come home more frequently. He was avoiding work. He was having difficulty attending and focusing on the task at hand. His grades have suffered. My heart really sank. I thought what we were doing was helping him at school. I felt lost and confused. And sad. I was sad because I felt totally helpless and had no idea how to help my son.
Desperate for something I could do, I tried something that I have known about for a while. Could it work? Could half a cup of coffee before school possibly be enough? I have read about how caffeine can be useful and The Mood Cure helped me understand it more. I thought, what the heck! Why not? But the thought of a 10 year old drinking coffee seemed odd to me. I kept picturing the little girl on Airplane who “likes her coffee black…like her men.”
A week after I started offering coffee to my son in the mornings before school, his teacher reached out to me. “Whatever you have been doing this week is working! He has been able to do his work and is staying on task. He is more social and is participating more!” YAY!
As of this week things still seem to be going well for him in the classroom. I am doing what I am calling a gluten trial to see how (or if at all) gluten affects his behavior both at home and at school this week. I will have an update on that as well. Sooner than 4 months, I promise. I am eager to find out what helps my son and if it can help another child, then I can't wait to share it!
Have you used caffeine to help your child with ADD symptoms? Or is there something else that you do that you think other parents should know about? Please share your experience with us!