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I need help! My 9 year old has ADHD and never eats much at school apart from muesli bars. This means when I make him sandwiches etc. they never get eaten, as he is always on the go at school. Any tips for lunches that he can eat quickly. He will eat carrots, grapes and cucumber (if I cut them in big chunks). Thanks

Posted by Samb1234, 28th April 2022

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  • I wouldn’t stress too much about it, kids won’t starve themselves to death as long as he’s eating at home, all will be well

  • Does your child have a favourite colour? Some children only like food to be a certain colour. Or does he have a favourite shape? You could cut the foods into rocketships etc. Maybe he likes to have the same as his friends? Is he more of a grazer? Maybe offer cheese cubes, slices of ham, bread sticks, or cherry tomatoes. Hope this helps.

  • My son when he was at school would never eat lunch, he would throw it in the bin, so I stopped sending it with him as it was such a waste of food. I had a teacher notify welfare, who then contacted me and after explaining the situation they said so long as he is having a good breakfast and dinner there is nothing to worry about.

  • Have you tried cutting the sandwiches into smallish pieces? He might eat them if he can grab pieces and go.

  • Use a bento box to give him the treats he likes but chopped like the fruit. Our little guy also has ADHD and somedays he eats lunch and other days nothing at all. Sometimes its even a battle to get him to take a water bottle in his school bag. Its all about picking the battles I think. He said to me that if he won’t take a jacket then its his fault if he gets cold and same with a water bottle and his lunch.

  • At our school, the kids get first 15 minutes to eat together under supervision, they they go out to play. A child with ADHD certainly needs structure and it may help when someone directs and guides him in this.

  • Having ADHD myself I know what I’m like and I get stuck in food ruts where I will obsessively only eat one thing for months on end. Like nuts and seeds with chocolate chips in it. Or oven fries with melted cheese. Maybe try asking what they would like best at that point and if it’s not a difficult thing to make/ put in their lunch box go with that till their preference changes. It may net be the healthiest but maybe you can come up with a compromise to eat a piece of fruit after school if you think what they are at school wasn’t enough or healthy enough. I hope you both find a solution that keeps you both happy xx

  • Can school try and let him start 5 min earlier so he gets the time to just chill before the other kids start and distract him .

  • I would do finger sandwiches cut up in squares so it is easy for him to grab quickly seeing he is on the go put what he likes in them or another thing you could cut up salad what he likes and chunks of cheeses he likes and meat and I am sure he will eat but don’t give him stacks as he waste it.

  • My son was the same, always too busy to eat, but during regular play he would run around, run to grab a snack and run off again. I’d suggest something with some protein: chicken strips/pieces, kabana/twiggy, and the snacks you suggested. If he’s too busy at school, try a bigger breakfast, or having his lunch after school. Time of day really shouldn’t matter, so long as he is eating and getting his nutrients. Good luck!!

  • Food was one of the biggest challenges for my boy when he was diagnosed. He went from eating large meals nonstop to only wanting to drink milk when he first started his meds. Check with the school if you can send milk drinks like up and go’s or similar. I still send my boy with a sandwich r wrap, fruit, a Muesli bar (or similar) and yoghurt. They have set sit down time for eating, so he has the time to eat. He doesn’t always, however. There were days when he would just take fruit, two muesli bars and cheese and crackers

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