Providing Information For Parents of Children With ADHD

Monday, November 24, 2008

How Long Does ADHD Last

Many experts believe that 1/2 to 2/3 of adolescents that are diagnosed with ADHD will have symptoms of ADHD into adulthood. The best way to deal with ADHD is through counseling and therapy and possible medication.

How a Healthy Diet Can Help With ADHD

As we all know, having a child with ADHD can be a handful at times. However, according to the study "A randomised controlled trial into the effects of food on ADHD" stated that "Our results show that a carefully supervised few foods diet in young children with ADHD, followed for 5 weeks at the most, can exhibit substantial changes in behaviour." The study further stated that "Seventy percent of the children showed behavioural improvements of 50% or more according to the ratings of parents and teachers and did not meet the DSM-IV-criteria for ADHD anymore." Here are some food suggestions that may help your children with ADHD.

It is important to have a high protein breakfast such as :

  • Eggs
  • Peanut Butter on an English Muffin or Bread
  • Fruits such as oranges and apples
  • Lunch Meat such as turkey and ham

The most important thing is not to have the child indulge in sugary cereals and candy. Make food items like candy a treat for receiving a high grade for school or to reward good behavior. High sugar cereals has been proven to cause ADHD symptoms.

For a mid day snack, you can include:

  • Various Nuts such as peanuts or walnuts
  • More fruits like bananas or pineapple

Some possible lunch/dinner ideas may include:

  • High Omega-3 Acidy like various fish such as tuna or salmon (if you children will touch them)
  • Various pastas such as spaghetti or noodles
  • Include vegetables for they are a great source of carbohydrates

By following these guidelines you can help improve your children's ADHD symptoms and also provide a nutritious meal for your children.