ADHD in Children

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD in children is characterized by persistent inattention, impulsiveness and often, hyperactivity. ADD is generally thought of as a childhood disorder, but it can persist into adult life. It affects up to 10% of the population and occurs three times as often in boys as in girls.

Children with ADHD:
* Often move more quickly into a state of high agitation or excitement than their peers
* Often talk incessantly and loudly.
* Move constantly and fidget with objects in their environment
* Frequently switch from one activity to another without pause
* Cannot filter out unimportant stimuli (everything grabs their attention).
* Often shout out answers before questions have been completed
* Have difficulty waiting turns in games
* Often interrupt or intrude on others

What is the difference between ADD and ADHD? Children with ADD differ from children with ADHD in that they typically do not display hyperactive behaviour. Children with ADD are often classified as “day dreamers” and are often not diagnosed as they are not as disruptive as children suffering from ADHD

.The most effective treatment for AD/HD include a combination of medication (prescribed by a neurologist), change in diet and behaviour modification techniques.

Comments ( 2 )

  • author-hexa-bg

    Please could you provide me with a menu for my adhd daughter

    • author-hexa-bg

      Hi Cidney,

      The Feingold diet (you should be able to google it) is the eating programme prescribed most often for children who suffer from ADHD, but there is very little scientific evidence that it actually works. Some people absolutely swear by it, whereas others claim that is has made no difference.

      Omega -3 supplements are also very popular. Our brains and bodies cannot produce Omega-3 and so need to get it from an external source. I’m not entirely sure whether this makes a big difference either, but seem to think that there is no real harm in giving Omega-3 as a supplement.

      All children need to eat regular, balanced meals and I would suggest that you concentrate mainly on getting your daughter to follow a low GI diet, full of healthy proteins & grains, vegetables and good fats in the appropriate portions and that you cut out sugar as far as possible. Look out for a book called the Low GL diet by Dr Patrick Holford, it has great tips and advice and lots of quick & easy recipes for busy moms.

      Is your daughter currently being medicated for ADHD? Remember that certain medications prescribed for ADHD list loss of appetite as a side-effect. Some sources also recommend that children be given a drink containing caffeine, such as coke or 7-up at about 4pm, when they claim that the medication has worked out and children become cranky – but I’m not entirely comfortable with children the idea of giving children sugary soft-drinks on a daily basis.

      Also make sure that you have had your daughter checked for allergies, as certain allergies may add to the symptoms of ADHD.

      For most families, finding a diet that works requires a trial & error approach. Perhaps it might help to keep a diary and monitor your daughter’s behaviour and distractability when trying a new diet / food group. Remember to always consult your doctor or dietitian when cutting out food groups or making making major changes to your diet.

      Best of luck!

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