Problems in children with inattentiveness, impulsivity and over activity or a combination of all three have been attributed to ADHD. This affects about 3-5% of school age kids, with ADHD being more present in boys than in girls. Although ADHD may run in families it is not absolutely clear as to what causes it although some have said that heredity is the cause. This in effect seems to be set in the childhood years as the brain is developing and studies have shown that the brains of children with ADHD are very different from those of other children.
Most children with ADHD will have at least one of these developmental and or behavioral problems;
- Difficulty in organizing tasks and activities.
- Are easily distracted
- Avoid or dislike tasks that require sustained mental effort.
- Do not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
- Fail to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork.
- Have difficulty in keeping attention during tasks or play.
- Do not follow through on instructions and fails to finish homework, duties or chores.
If you suspect your child to have ADHD you can begin your own diet treatment by providing your child with a diet high in protein including cheese, eggs ,beans, nuts and meats. This can be done more effectively in the mornings and as an after school snack to improve your child’s concentration. You should also try giving your child less simple carbohydrates such as foods containing corn syrup, or honey, candy and products made from white flour, white rice, and potatoes without the skin. Try to add more complex carbohydrates such as fruits like, pears, tangerines, grapefruits, apples and oranges to your kid’s diets. Also by giving your kids these complex carbohydrates they may be helpful in helping your child sleep. Last but not least you can also aid your kid greatly by feeding them tuna, salmon or other cold water fish as well as olive oil, canola oil, walnuts and Brazilian nuts. The omega-3 fatty acids contained in these foods can also be found in supplement form which can include vitamins and minerals or other nutritional to make up for deficiencies in your kids diets that may contribute to ADHD.