10 year old weighs 112 pounds
Just looking for ideas and opinions here. Right now the med he is on is the only one helping with his major mood problems. So we are not changeing it.
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The girls are always hungry and always want junk. I try to have fruits and yogurt in the house to offer them and let them have that any time they want. I also tell them to drink water to try to fill them up when they say they are hungry. Carrots and celery sometimes work for them too. I want to be able to get a membership to the YMCA maybe after the new year (due to $) so there are more opportunities to keep them busy.
Just so you know, I really know what you are going through, one of my daughters (11 yrs) is schizophrenic, and her med makes her hungry all the time, and my other daughter (13 yrs) is bipolar, and PDD-NOS and her meds also have weight gain as a side effect. I life in upstate NY and it has already been snowing, and ice everywhere, and dark early so it is hard to get them out!
Your son certainly has a lot to deal with. I was about the same weight at that age and it was difficult enough without the added problems of all that your son has on top of it.
I don't have any experience with ADHD, ODD, etc....but what about joining a gym as a family. Make it fun to exercise by creating your own challenges. Not how fast are you type challenges but more how many minutes have you spent exercising. Very nonconfontrational....just when you reach a certain amount of time exercised, you get a prize.
I wish your son the best and hope you can find a solution that helps.
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Also, what are his normal growth patterns? My dd is 9, and gets a little belly right before she shoots up another couple inches, then, belly is gone. (My dd is a shorty, about 4'4" and 68lbs.)
We keep the kids very busy - not all activities are expensive. We use the afterschool program for some activities. Right now, my youngest son, 7, is enrolled in gymnastics and a boys only dance program.
You can also serve low-cal treats that still seem special. My kids love my SF jello with SF whipped cream. They really think it's a treat.
Good luck, the weight thing is so challenging. My oldest dd is completing her program for bariatric surgery - sad, but at least she's doing it young. I wish I had done this years ago.
I also find that while baked chips are a grand idea, it's way too easy to over eat on those. If you don't eat a single serving, you're getting way more calories and carbs than you need. How many kids actually pay attention to single serving size??
My youngest son is 11, 5'0", 120 lbs and ADD also. His medication does NOT stop his hunger (Concerta 18 mg 2x/day). It's just been the last 18-24 months that he started packing on the pounds. I'm waiting for the pre-teen growth spurt, but it doesn't seem to be happening for him. He still wears the same size shoe he has worn for over a year now (size 7). However, he can no longer wear pants comfortably -- if they fit in the length, he can't button them; if he can button them, they're too long. Sweatpants and gym shorts are his friends right now since our weather in Texas is bi-polar. It was 82° yesterday and 55° today.
Good luck with helping your son slim down.
What kind of meds is he on for the Mood Disorder and Anxiety? MANY of these drugs put weight on.....It is an evil that many people that battle MH issues have to deal with all their life.
But try to have healthy food choices for him to choose from. Exercising as a family would help with SOME of the weight issues plus it has the added benefit to improve one's mood.
Concerta 54 mgs once a day
Seroquel XR 50 mgs in the morning
Vistaril 50 mgs 3 times a day
Luvox 100 mgs twice a day
Seroquel XR 400 mgs in the evening
We see his psychiatrist on a regular basis and the meds are monitored closely! We see him either weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Depending if we are adjusting the meds. Right now this combo. seems to be working.
Seroquel is the med that has caused the weight gain. And yes the dr. warned us about this side effect.
My son loves fruit, most veggies and most meats. He doesn't like bread that well. He does like to snack. I'm in the process of buying better snacks each trip I make to buy food.