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Old 06-16-2012, 02:24 PM   #1
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GFCF for potential ADHD child

My son is just about 5 years old and has some symptoms consistent with ADHD. We haven't had any diagnosis.

Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with gluten-free and casein-free diet helping behavioural symptoms?

 
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Re: GFCF for potential ADHD child

If he's allergic to milk or wheat, or has celiac disease, the diet will work wonders. Otherwise, it won't do a thing.

However, there are a couple natural treatments that can help ADHD children a lot. It doesn't cure it, just helps.

The first is making sure they get enough sleep. At five, he still needs about 12 hours a night, and if he is ADHD, he may have trouble winding down to sleep, so try relaxing, quiet activities starting about an hour before bedtime, such as taking a bath or listening to you read a story.

The other is keeping his blood sugar stable. There's no single diet that's best for ADHD kids, but meals (with protein and fiber in each one) on a regular schedule, and not too much sugar at once, can help prevent hunger-related meltdowns.

In a couple years, you might decide he probably isn't ADHD after all. At age 5, it's tough to tell for sure! Or, he may continue to have problems as he starts schoolwork. If so, you'll face the difficult decision of whether to medicate.

 
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