September is ADHD Awareness Month.
There are a number of physiological reasons that kids might be having trouble focusing or paying attention in school, including and not limited to – ADHD. In the past decade, cases of ADHD have risen from 6.9% to 9% according to the CDC. It is estimated the 3-5% of school aged kids have ADHD, with more boys receiving the diagnosis. Many cases of ADHD also go undiagnosed each year. But many cases of ADHD are also misdiagnosed.
12 Possible Causes for ADHD-Type Symptoms:
There are numerous reasons that can lead to poor attention and focus. Below is a list of 12 common culprits of underlying medical issues, including but not limited to ADHD that can cause problems with mood, behavior, focus, and attention in class.
Read: Breakfast of Champions for some good breakfast tips to help your kid get off on the right start for school. But while a better diet can offer small or large improvements in attention, it may not be the full answer for everyone.
Click here for some other possible causes of ADHD-type symptoms. A child with any of the above disorders is not a ‘bad’ kid, their brain might just not be functioning optimally – even with an improved diet. Some people might benefit from nutritional supplements, therapy, medication, or a combination. If you have tried all the dietary and allergy elimination approaches and still suspect that another issue that could be affecting your child’s attention, see below for a short list of books and websites that can offer more information. Or email email@example.com to schedule a personal nutrition consultation. A study from the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that eating a healthy diet in childhood can be associated with small increases in I.Q.
Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, whose book The Perfect Metabolism Plan (Red Wheel/Conari Press) will be hitting book shelves Spring of 2015. You can download her Cooking with Superfoods eBooklet now for free. A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, Sara used to be a sugar junkie too. She offers consultations, corporate nutrition, monthly cooking classes, and affordable online programs.
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[…] Skip breakfast, or make poor choices, and kids might find themselves feeling like one of the Seven Little Dwarfs – Sleepy, Grumpy or Dopey. According to an Australian study, people who follow a “Western”, or Standard American Diet (SAD) are more likely to have focus issues and receive an ADHD diagnosis. The SAD is characterized as more sweets, processed, fried and refined foods – in general, more packaged and convenience foods. Although there really isn’t a “Seven Dwarf Syndrome,” Dr. William Sears calls it NDD – Nutrition Deficit Disorder, and says that some cases of ADD are really just NDD. Read: Is it ADD or NDD?: 12 Inattention Culprits. […]
[…] Creates adventuresome eaters. A recent study showed that eating together as a family encourages kids to try new foods. In order for kids to develop their palate, they need to be exposed to a wide variety of foods, so a family that sits down to the same meal together are helping their children explore different tastes and flavors. Some foods can be an “acquired” taste, so repeatedly exposing kids to foods will help them to acquire some of the more advanced foods. Exposing children to a rainbow of vegetables and fruits, is very important, and starting with baby’s first foods is a great way to start. Kids that are fed “kid food” like pizza, mac n cheese and nuggets every night are much more likely to end up being picky eaters, and also could eventually be deficient in nutrients (read Is It ADD or NDD, 12 Inattention Culprits?). […]
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