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Posted by: mbo | 2011-07-26

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slow learner

My daughter is 15yrs old doing grade 8, her marks are low especially mathematics. I have to force her to study and she would hide homework from me. She did fail a class before and I can see she is struggling because she has very poor concentration at school. She is always tired.

She is always tired and love sugary things like sweets,chocalates. Is she ADHD/ADD ?please help. and what multivitamins can I try for her.

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ADHD Expert

Dear Mbo,

Your daughter being tired at this age can be due to puberty and the changes taking place not only physically but mentally as well (children of this age should be getting as much sleep as new born babies).

All children love sugar - this is not indicative of anything unless she uses the sugar to give an energy boost. This is counterproductive as the body 'crashes' after high sugar intake and we feel just as tired, if not more so, than before.

Putting an incentive plan into place where she can gain something by bringing home (realistic) good marks may help. It may well help to have an assessment done to determine which grade she is currently on par with to determine the type of assistance that would benefit her most.

In terms of vitamins, encourage a healthy diet above all else. You can supplement with omegas to aid concentration. A B-vitamin complex can also assist with fatigue. Please consult your doctor prior to giving any supplements.

Best wishes,
Delia

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2011-07-26

Dear Mbo,

Your daughter being tired at this age can be due to puberty and the changes taking place not only physically but mentally as well (children of this age should be getting as much sleep as new born babies).

All children love sugar - this is not indicative of anything unless she uses the sugar to give an energy boost. This is counterproductive as the body 'crashes' after high sugar intake and we feel just as tired, if not more so, than before.

Putting an incentive plan into place where she can gain something by bringing home (realistic) good marks may help. It may well help to have an assessment done to determine which grade she is currently on par with to determine the type of assistance that would benefit her most.

In terms of vitamins, encourage a healthy diet above all else. You can supplement with omegas to aid concentration. A B-vitamin complex can also assist with fatigue. Please consult your doctor prior to giving any supplements.

Best wishes,
Delia

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