School is starting. There are pictures all over my news feed of happy kids with their chalkboards and excited parents sending them off for their first day. Unfortunately, this was not our situation at first.
I’m going to write about something very close to my heart, which is difficult sometimes. You’re putting your heart out into the universe for – potentially – millions of people to read. It’s scary, yet can be completely empowering and fulfilling to help someone else who might be in the same boat. So hopefully, you can take my experiences and learn from them.
My oldest has always been an active, excitable kiddo. I didn’t really think much of it, except, holy wow it’s exhausting sometimes. When 2 years later my second kiddo came along and was the same, I just assumed that it was the norm. However, as time went on and we we were in Kindergarten, my Mommy Radar was going off and I felt like we might need to get things checked out.
Fast forward – both my beautiful, smart, caring girls have been diagnosed with ADHD. All kinds of thoughts and feelings overwhelmed me (see I Am Not Perfect – The Art Of Letting Go Of Perfection). Where do I go from here?! To avoid a lot of personal rambling about life and our struggles dealing, I’ll get to the meat of it.
Going A Little Nurse On You
I’m no doctor, but I do have my Bachelors of Science in Nursing and know a few things. I’ll skip over all the trial and errors and tell you where I’m at and let you know why and how Magnesium has become my “Windex” (If you haven’t seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding you’ll probably miss the reference).
Magnesium is a mineral that plays a role in over 300 processes in the body. It is necessary for the production of fatty acids and is involved in muscle relaxation and energy production. Magnesium is also involved in neurotransmitter function, including dopamine and serotonin. This mineral has long been associated with calming and relaxation and can be helpful for many issues including anxiety, insomnia, depression, and hyperactivity, to name a few.
In the last 100 years, magnesium has been progressively declining in our food supply due to highly processed foods, modern fertilizers, and soil depletion. Refining grains removes up to 80% of the magnesium originally present. Consumption of refined sugars, soft drinks, and caffeine also deplete magnesium. It’s estimated that over half of Americans of all ages have an inadequate intake of magnesium. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include irritability, difficulty with concentration, insomnia, depression, and anxiety. Because up to 95% of those with ADHD are deficient in magnesium, almost all ADHD kiddos (and adults) can benefit from magnesium supplementation.
No Kid Wants To Swallow A Horse Pill
So my kid could benefit from Magnesium, now what? They aren’t going to swallow a huge horse pill. I can’t even get them to eat their veggies sometimes!! Here comes the Windex moment… They love to take a bath. And that, combined with lotion and sprays that smell good are our saving grace.
Magnesium oil in Dead Sea Salts combined with Essential oils that making the bathwater smell yummy, is much more appealing than a giant pill. Mommy rubbing on lotion infused with Magnesium oil (scented with essential oils, or unscented for kids that are sensitive to smells) after a bath or shower makes your kiddo feel loved. A spray infused with Magnesium before bedtime on the bottom of the foot is a super easy way to get a dose. Each of my girls carry a Chap-stick looking lotion bar infused with Magnesium Oil in their backpacks for a little extra on the go. These items have helped our family in immeasurable ways – both reducing the outward symptoms of ADHD as well as increasing the sense of well being, helping with self esteem, and just feeling happier all around.
The safety of magnesium has been well established, just google it and you’ll find any number of articles touting the benefits. In addition to its effectiveness for treating hyperactivity, magnesium also benefits children in other profound ways: it can help kids sleep better at night, relieve discomfort from sore muscles and growing pains, relieve constipation, reduce anxiety, and reduce headaches among many other things.
To sum it up, topical magnesium has been instrumental in the success of our family dealing with the challenges of ADHD as well as growing up in general. With the combination of support of those around us, and Magnesium our kids experience:
– Better sleep
– More balanced moods
– Healthier appetites
– Better eating habits
– Less tantrums and quicker deescalation
– More focus at school which has led to academic growth
– Healthier relationships between friends and siblings
As a family we will continue to explore new things, focus on learning to communicate and deal with challenges, accept whatever “crazy” life throws at us, use “Windex” liberally, and love each other, because we have found something that works for us, and that’s enough.
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