Many parents will quickly acknowledge that too much soda and candy make their kids bounce off the walls on a sugar high, but what if a child's persistent hyperactivity was caused by milk, tomatoes, eggs, gluten, or some other seemingly innocuous food?
That is what a Dutch study published in January 2011 found: In kids with ADHD, researchers found that putting them on a restrictive diet to eliminate possible, previously unknown food sensitivities decreased hyperactivity for 64 percent of kids. In the study, of the 41 kids who completed the elimination diet, 32 saw decreased symptoms. When certain foods thought to be "triggers" for each child were reintroduced, most of the children relapsed. The eliminated diets, which lasted five weeks, consisted predominantly of rice, white meat, and vegetables. Among 50 kids given a "control" diet that was just a standard, healthy diet for children, significant changes were not noted. Given these findings; Jan Buitelaar, the lead author of the Dutch study and a psychiatrist at the Center, recommended that the elimination diet become part of the standard of care for children with ADHD.
What are food sensitivities?
Food sensitivities are not the same as food allergies. Some food allergies have an immediate outward reaction such as itching, swelling, or hives. However, food sensitivities are silent reactions to food that can sometimes cause unusual symptoms. Some of these symptoms are headache, nausea, pain, sleepiness abnormal behavior, and cognitive impairment. These
symptoms can easily be confused with other diseases. Since there are no accurate laboratory tests that can consistently identify food sensitivities, without elimination and later reintroduction of foods, it is very difficult to figure out what foods are the triggers.
What can you do?
The challenge with the elimination diet is that parents usually find it difficult to follow especially when the affected child is in a larger family. However, simple steps can be taken with the guidance of a qualified health care provider that will make the transition easier for the entire family. Avoiding food sensitivities can significantly improve the symptoms of ADHD and it works well with any other therapy or treatment.
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