Raising kids is always challenging, but if your child has attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), the challenges are multiplied. Is there anything you can do to make life easier for your child? There are many things a parent can do to help their ADHD child. The first area to work on is your child’s diet. This doesn’t help every child with this condition, but it may help yours. It’s important to eliminate any foods that contain caffeine, including coffee, iced tea, green tea, coffee, and many sodas. ADHD is the most commonly studied and diagnosed psychiatric disorder in children, affecting about 3 to 5 percent of children globally and diagnosed in about 2 to 16 percent of school aged children.
Make sure to view the checklist for childhood autism: New Checklist To Screen Infants For Autism Is Available
Foods with a high sugar content may also make symptoms worse. Most cereals at the grocery store are loaded with sugar. And many parents aren’t aware of how much sugar fruit juices contain. It’s important to read the nutrition labels on the food you buy. Sensitivities to MSG, tartrazine (an artificial food coloring), and artificial preservatives may also trigger symptoms in your child.
Food allergies are very common in kids with ADHD. You may want to try removing wheat and refined carbohydrates from your child’s diet for a few weeks. Wheat intolerance can cause hyperactivity. Try brown rice, oats, and rye bread as substitutes. Include lots of fresh fruit and veggies in your child’s diet. Try making your own salad dressings, as many commercial ones contain high levels of fat, sugar, and artificial coloring and preservatives. There are lots of recipes online. Your child will enjoy helping you make them.
Be sure to Read: Moms:Discover Dangers That Cause Health Challenges In Your Kids
For additional information visit: National Institute of Mental Health